That said, there are still some advantages to the App Config Community’s ACE pedigree. Airwatch’s program had massive buy in from developers, including key players like Salesforce and Box, which are all now participants in the App Config Community.
Even though the companies see operating system-based security as the clear path forward, don’t expect them to get rid of their proprietary software development kits any time soon. Rege said that while the systems baked into iOS offer a good starting point, developers will need to use vendor-specific SDKs to reach certain edge cases.
What remains to be seen is if this rebranding and show of support will also draw in companies other than the four that already signed up to be a part of the new community. Microsoft Corporate Vice President Brad Anderson said in a post to his blog that App Config isn’t enough to provide a full-featured enterprise mobility management solution, in a not-too-subtle dig at the community before it launched.
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