Top 10 reasons to use MaaS360 Secure Mail on Android
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What email app should one use on Android devices has always been an important topic of discussion for enterprises. End users are most interested in an app that is easy to use so that they are productive and be friendly on battery life, IT administrator is focussed on simplified configuration and management and IT security is concerned about data security and privacy. The Android market is very fragmented and the native email app that ships with the devices are already not the same on all Androids - each manufacturer ships their own email app and not the Google shipped email app. On top of this, there are several hundreds of third party apps available for use. So, what is the best email app to use on Androids?
MaaS360 also offers an email app as a part of the Secure Productivity Suite (SPS) service that lets users sync emails, calendar, contacts, notes and tasks from your email server. This app uses Exchange ActiveSync protocol to sync from the email server.
This article introduces the benefits of using MaaS360 as an email app on Android devices so that it can help your organization make the right choice.
1. Unified User Interface across all Android devices
MaaS360 Secure Mail offers a new material design focussed User Interface (UI) that is easy to use and navigate for end users. The email experience remains the same across all versions and manufacturer of Android that greatly benefits users with multiple Android devices and switch from one another. It is also easy for IT to document usage to their end users and for helpdesk for troubleshooting.
2. Great productivity options
MaaS360 Secure Mail provides a rich text editor that supports various formatting styles when composing emails, supports inline images and attachments from the device / camera roll, lets users select folders to auto-sync email, provides quick switch between various apps, offers print support and ability to search with and across emails.
3. Support for Exchange Web Services (EWS) for enhanced user productivity
Most email apps support basic ActiveSync protocol that lets users send and receive emails, calendar invitations, and contact lists. In addition to the ActiveSync protocol support, MaaS360 Secure Mail is one of the first email app to support Exchange Web Services (EWS) if you are using Microsoft Exchange as your email server. With EWS support, users get enhanced productivity options like the ability to view calendar attachments in a meeting invite and a meeting scheduler to check availability of invitees to a meeting prior to scheduling one, all from the mobile device.
4. Every device ends up being managed, easy block unmanaged devices
In order to receive email on Secure Mail, users should enroll into MaaS360. This is a great advantage to IT administrators since the email can be removed from the device remotely in case of any non-compliance to corporate policies. If using any other email app, IT will not have any control of this corporate email profile configured on an unmanaged device in case of compliance issues.
5. No configuration and management problems for IT
As mentioned earlier, Android market is fragmented and the email app that ships with the device is not the same across all manufacturers. This poses a challenge to EMM vendors to be able to use different API’s to configure native email on different manufacturer’s Android devices and for IT organization to be able to support and manage all types of apps. In many cases, native email configuration fails when email settings are pushed to the device using MDM policies. The users will manually configure email and this will remove the ability for IT to remotely wipe corporate email on a lost or stolen device, leaving the data at risk.
6. Support for containerization, no need for full device encryption
MaaS360 Secure Mail is a part of the MaaS360 container solution and hence offers very strong encryption for all email data within the app. MaaS360 Email uses AES-256 bit encryption and the keys are derived from the user’s email app PIN / passcode and device identifiers.
7. Support for Data Leak Prevention (DLP) policies
MaaS360 supports enforcing standard DLP policies on all Secure Mail apps. With flexible and configurable options, administrators can enforce a minimum strength of the passcode to unlock email, prevent cut / copy / paste operations from within MaaS360 Secure Mail to any other app, prevent exporting of documents and attachments, restrict printing, restricting email and attachment forwards to blacklisted domains and exporting corporate contacts. This can be enforced uniformly across all enrolled Android devices.
8. Delegated Account Support
One of the unique features of MaaS360 Secure Mail app is the support for Delegated accounts. Users that have delegated access rights to other mailboxes can use their email app to do work on delegated accounts. For e.g.: The secretary of a CEO can schedule calendar invitations and send messages on behalf of the CEO using MaaS360 Secure Mail, while still having access to the personal mailbox of the secretary.
9. Enhanced security using certificates
MaaS360 Secure Mail supports:
10. Zero Day Support
This is one of the most critical and unique value proposition of MaaS360. MaaS360 will include Secure Mail support on all new OS versions on the day of the OS release. E.g: MaaS360 released a version of Secure Mail compatible with Android N on the day it was released to Google devices. So organizations can be assured that IBM MaaS360 is committed to supporting product capabilities on day zero of a new OS release.