Microsoft launches Windows Apportals to support ‘on-the-glass’ integration

Sean Dudley
Sean Dudley
By Sean Dudley on 14 July 2014
Microsoft launches Windows Apportals to support ‘on-the-glass’ integration

Microsoft has launched a new Windows 8.1 app that enables the integration of an entire line of business (LOB) stack into a single, modern, touch-based experience.

Windows Apportals aims to introduce the same nested folder structure common in a desktop operating system (OS) to the modern mobile OS.

“The result is a user interface experience that allows the user to drill from the Start screen (composed of Live Tiles) to another mini-Start screen (composed of Grid Tiles),” explained Grad Conn, CMO Lead, Microsoft U.S. in a blog post. “And best of all, because an Apportal is built out of the OS, everything that runs on Windows runs in a Windows Apportal, including Desktop Windows 7 Applications; Modern Windows 8 Apps; and Web Applications.”

Windows Apportals has been developed to meet the demand for an ‘on-the-glass’ integration for the wide variety of heterogenous LOB apps that organisations use today.

Rather than building a monolithic application to cover the wide variety of services and applications that are being used within companies, a large number of IT professionals want to use the Windows 8.1 OS to create a user-interface-based virtual integration, enabling them to continue to benefit from their existing legacy technology investments. Windows Apportals supports this, and thanks to Active Directory, role-based access to Grid Tiles and back-end data sources is possible.

The Active Directory service was developed by Microsoft for Windows domain networks and is included in Azure and Windows Server. Active Directory allows domain controllers to authenticate and authorise all users and computers in a Windows domain type network. For example, Active Directory checks whether users logging into a Windows domain are a system administrator or a normal user.

With a Windows Apportal, the Active Directory setting determines the data and Grid Tiles that users are entitled to view, providing a high customisation level. This means a single Windows Apportal app can filter, share and display data based on users’ job roles, organisation, industry and geography, helping users focus on the specific information and tools they need.

“Customers get excited when they see Windows Apportals, they say it’s the future,” said Martin Wolfram, president, Inviso. “As a Microsoft partner, we are very customer focused. This new innovation has given us the opportunity to work with our customers to understand a broader set of their business needs, and then customise and deliver end-to-end services that meet those needs. The design and architecture lend themselves to easy re-use of code, which makes Windows Apportals an incredibly profitable line of business for us. Customers see a lot of value in Apportals, so for us, Windows Apportals are game changer.”

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