ArcGIS Apps for the Field on the Windows Platform

Over the past several years we have been very busy building Apps for the Field across the mobile platforms that you use most.

Everyday workflows for asset data collection and inspection, capturing observations, and completing surveys can be realized using Collector for ArcGIS and Survey123 for ArcGIS on iOS and Android devices or using Windows 10 tablets and PCs. You can also complete Survey forms on Windows 7 laptops/tablets and Windows 10 phones.

Managing your work list with Workforce for ArcGIS, getting to the location of your field work using Navigator for ArcGIS, and discovering maps using Explorer for ArcGIS are supported only on the iOS and Android platforms.

Reviewing store download numbers and ArcGIS Online usage patterns, the dominant platforms are iOS and Android. The uptake of Windows, and even more specifically Windows 10, within the enterprise have been quite low.

The following table describes our current level of platform support for field apps:

Challenged with both the need to build new capabilities into these applications and stay current with the latest advancements in the ArcGIS platform, we have chosen to focus our Windows platform development efforts for 2017 on field collection workflows with Collector for ArcGIS and Survey123 for ArcGIS only. We are suspending development of Workforce, Navigator, and Explorer on Windows 10 until we see an increase in Windows 10 adoption.

We are looking for your feedback and interest in the Windows platform. Email us at and provide details on your plans for using Windows in the field.

Apps Team

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  1. johnmdye says:

    The unfortunate truth for most large Enterprises is that they won’t see Windows 10 for at least another year or two. I think this was the right decision to make. I know it was probably a pretty tough one since Win10 is so much easier to develop for and we should always be pushing to use the very best technology available. The realities for Enterprises are simply different. The amount of resources it takes to upgrade a large Enterprise from one OS to another is appalling. When you consider licensing, Enterprise app refactoring, security updates, testing and the like, it’s just an incredible expense that forces Enterprises to really squeeze every last bit of value out of their deployment before upgrading. I for one would have loved to have been able to use Collector on Windows 10 and my Enterprise users would have as well. Windows 10 is simply not what we or most other large Enterprises run off of yet. The upgrade would basically mean rebuilding a huge chunk of the Enterprise at great expense for an OS that introduces a lot of uncertainty. Good on you for making the hard decisions.

  2. weismans says:

    Any new laptop you buy today has Windows 10 installed. Our IT department has been preparing for this for some time now and accommodates laptops (and new desktops) with Win 10. Our need is for Explorer for Win 10 to support mosquito control sprayer trucks. No data editing is required for this task, which is why Explorer is ideal. It will also utilize the on-board GPS in the laptop which is key.

  3. bruceriv68 says:

    This is unfortunate. We have many large agencies that use Windows 10 laptops/tablets in the field (mostly MS Surface devices). Agencies are realizing that they can just buy 1 device for their field guys that can also be used when they get back in the office. I have a few clients that were waiting for Workforce to be released for Windows 10.