Workforce for ArcGIS (Windows 10) in beta!

We are pleased to announce that the Windows 10 platform is joining Workforce for ArcGIS, and is available in Beta today! You can download it from the Windows Store right now.

Workforce for ArcGIS was released July 19th and enables a common view in the field and the office. You can create Workforce Projects within your ArcGIS organization, create and assign work to mobile workers, who use the Workforce mobile app that is now available on the iOS, Android and Windows 10 platforms to work through their personal To Do list.

The first beta of the Windows app includes the following features:

  • Receive assignments in the field
  • Sort your To Do list by priority, location, type, or due date
  • Launch other ArcGIS apps to get your work done
  • Share your status and location with the office
  • Add notes about your assignments
  • Find other mobile workers

We are updating the Android beta version as well so if you are interested in using either of these two platforms, please join our beta program.

Workforce Team

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  1. johnmdye says:

    So depressing that Esri is continuing to go the Universal Windows App route with desktop client solutions. I mean, I get it from a development and maintainability standpoint. It’s much easier to manage a single code base that supports “any Win10 device”. However, lots of large enterprises (including mine) are still on Windows 7 with no plans to move to Windows 10 (since its a privacy nightmare and all) in the near future.

    We’re locked out of these solutions. The same thing happened with Collector for Windows. I totally understand where Esri is coming from but man, what a major bummer for anyone running Windows 7, 8 or 8.1, ie. the vast majority of large enterprises.

    • ctsurveyors says:

      Whahh!! Why would you have a field user using 7 or 8? Sounds pretty ridiculous to me. I bet if you guys were to buy field tablets for this app you’d just buy ipads or surfaces with win 10. No need for them to even be on the domain since they’re outside the network (in the field, basically the whole purpose of the app).

      • johnmdye says:

        Well, ctsurveyors,
        I believe you’re thinking about this from a mobile perspective where performers are driving around in cars going from one location to another. Certainly that is one use case and is the one which Esri has demonstrated most often. I’d offer that you might try to use your imagination a bit though and hypothesize that your performers may be in distributed office settings all around the world and that each of those offices are connected to the domain – a domain where end user client systems run Windows 7 Enterprise.

        Given that hypothetical, you’ve got two choices; Upgrade certain users on the domain who need this application to Windows 10, which requires creating custom images, validating all of your enterprise software, penetration testing, perhaps upgrading your AV, etc. Alternatively, you could tell them to pick up their iPad and use that. The former is not going to get any traction and the latter is manageable but leaves much to be desired.

        By the way, it’s not a hypothetical. Its the real world. According to the data from netmarketshare, Windows 7 still commands a staggering 47% of the PC market share in the US. Windows 8 and 8.1 hold just under 10% collectively. So 57% of the market is not able to access these solutions because they were developed as UWP apps.

        It’s not just about Workforce. The same thing happened with Collector. What if I want to Collect in the office, or Collect some data in the field them come back to the office later and finish my work there? Don’t tell me to use ArcGIS Online or Portal. Have you seen the editing UI/UX of those solutions?? It leaves a lot to be desired – like, everything. The same thing will continue to happen and any one who is not on Win10 will be left out in the cold.

        The continued march towards developing solutions as UWP apps is too flawed because its being done too early. It’s not that I’m against UWP apps. In fact, I think they’ll ultimately make a developers life a lot easier. But doing it so early in the game prevents many customers from being able to adopt these solutions. According to netmarketshare data I referenced above, Windows 10 is only being used by 21% of the market. All that work so that 2 out 10 people could get the full, integrated, seamless experience.

        So yeah ctsurveyors, Whaahh!!. Whahh a lot. Esri makes something cool, and 60% of their customers can’t use it.

        • ctsurveyors says:

          I think ESRI is thinking about the future and not stuck in the past.

          • dforbuss_rvss says:

            This shows Win10 @ 44pct and Win7 @ 41pct…I think netmarketshare’s numbers are way off. Either way it doesn’t matter. Win7 is going bye-bye. It’s already 8 years old.