In this release, we brought to you the following new features, changes and enhancements to existing functionality:
- Applixure now supports tagging for software products and devices.
This new tagging feature enables customers to add any number of freely-defined tags against device and software assets that are shown in the Applixure environment, for customer-specific needs to annotate their assets. The tags are organised - or grouped - by type of the tag (e.g. "Building") and each tag type then can contain any number of tags belonging to that type (e.g. "Building XYZ", "Remote site ABC"). You can then add one or more these tags to each asset.
Tags and tag types can be managed from the new section in the Applixure UI's settings, which is accessed from the settings icon in the upper-right corner of the screen and selecting Tagging.
From the Tagging -settings, you can add, modify and remove tag types and associated tags.
Once there are tags defined, both Software and Devices main dashboard views will allow you to filter the mosaic (and resulting list view if Show as a list is pressed) based on the selected tag.
And finally, on the details page for device or software, it is possible to actually associate and de-associate tags against that object.
- In addition to allowing customer-defined tags, Applixure now implements automatically created software type tagging for software products.
By default for all environments, Applixure will try to analyse based on the usage of the applications in the environment which type the software product is. There are by default three different categories and hence tags used by this logic:
- Regular application = software that is or should be normally used by the end-users in an interactive manner. Software in this category is usually the kind of what the regular people perceive as having in their machine (e.g. "Office", "browser" etc.).
- Background application = software that runs in the end-user's session but in the background, and is normally not interacted with directly but rather implicitly or indirectly. Software in this category could be things like file-synching agents (e.g. "Dropbox", "OneDrive" etc.) or some vendor-specific helper application (e.g. changing the resolution or WiFi settings etc.).
- System software = software that is deployed to the machine but might not ever run on its own, such as middleware, libraries, drivers etc.
Upon seeing new software added to the environment, Applixure tries to assign the type categorization after monitoring the usage for a while (so it might take a while for this tag to appear on software) or if the software is popular enough to have been seen in other environments, Applixure try to assign the type automatically based on the information from other environments.
This means, that even if Applixure sometimes miscategorizes some applications as there is not enough information available to make better guess, we encourage all customers to actively correct software type tagging that is incorrect (i.e. removing incorrect tag and adding correct one) so that the system may learn-
You are of course free to not use the automatic software type tagging or eve remove that tag type entirely from your environment. Once removed, Applixure will not automatically establish this specially recognised software type tagging back to the environment. Or if you tag some software manually using this same tag type, Applixure will not try to re-assign another tag.
Having automatic software type tagging gives more depth to the usage information presented in the Software main dashboard, allowing customers to focus primarily on those software products that should be normally used but are having low or non-existent usage level.
- Devices detail view now contains battery capacity field for laptop and tablet devices. This capacity information is based on information reported by the battery to the Windows and tells the condition of the battery (i.e. current maximum full charge capacity) when compared to the battery's (new) design full charge capacity.
- Applixure now also generates alerts and warnings related to devices with having battery capacity less than 75% of the new, and less than 50% of the new. This allows seeing which devices - and by extension employees using those devices - might benefit from change of battery to a pristine one.
- Applixure Agent download link now contains the name of the environment the Agent is going to be reporting to (e.g. "Applixure_Oy-apxagent-32bit.msi").
We also fixed the following known issues and bugs:
- Filtering by the operating system type did not work correctly if both Windows 8 and 8.1 were present. This is now corrected.
- Windows 10 devices were not listed as such in the Devices main dashboard due to Microsoft changing the internal version number from 6.4 to 10.0 in recent preview builds. This is now corrected.