How it looks
For all of you reps on the go, the new Windows Desktop app will grant you the same great experience of the Web app on your Windows device. Beyond replicating the look and feel of the Web app, the Windows Desktop app will also include offline capabilities not currently available in the Web app as well as features that have been thus far exclusive to the Web app. Progressive browser technology allows the Web app features to be delivered on a Windows device in many beneficial ways for sales teams.
How to download the Windows Desktop app
The new Windows Desktop app will be available to those using Windows 10 (April 2018 update). Windows 8 will not support this app but will continue to work with the legacy Windows app. Upon release, the Windows Desktop app will be available for download in the Microsoft store. The installation process is the same as the previous version and will require a manual download so those who are not ready to move away from the current Showpad Windows app won’t be affected.
New and improved capabilities
When you log into the Windows Desktop app you will be directed to your Showpad Home Screen. This tailored landing page will display Spotlight messages sent from your admins as well as recommended content and learning resources that are specific to you. This Home Screen presents your Experiences in a clean and easy-to-navigate format so you are able to jump right in. You’ll also notice a better touch screen experience as we have optimized the user interface for a smoother flow.
For all you users within organizations that have Showpad Coach or the Showpad Platform, you can now take your courses on your Windows device. If you need a quick refresher on product details or pitch approaches on the go, you can now sign in to Showpad on the Windows Desktop app and hit the ground running. This accessibility will give you the flexibility to revisit admin and manager provided tips and tricks wherever you are in the field.
Per many of your requests, users on Windows devices will now be able to build out their own Shared Spaces for selling! This will be the first offering of our collaborative microsite feature in a format beyond the Web app. For you reps who don’t work solely from your desk, you will now have the flexibility to build out these interactive environments for prospects and customers without accessing the Web app.
With the new Windows Desktop app, it will be possible to browse and search content while offline. For reps out in the field, you no longer have to rely on a reliable internet connection to locate and show marketing material, price sheets, and any other collateral to prospects face-to-face. When viewing an asset, the option to Make Available Offline will be available. An extra benefit for your admins is the tracking of content analytics for activity both on and offline. As we continue to develop and improve the Windows Desktop app, more offline capabilities will become available down the road.
To help expedite the search for specific content, we’ve added enhanced functionality to the new Windows app that includes support for multiple languages, words that are part of a URL asset, and text that is included in audio transcriptions.
Things to consider
Some features that currently exist in the Windows app will not be included in the Windows Desktop app initially. A list of the functionalities that will not be initially available on the new app can be found below. This may influence whether certain organizations and users want to update to the new app upon initial release.
- Kiosk mode
- Offline sharing capabilities
- Creating a slideshow
- Open content in another app
- Downloading content on the asset level
- Passcode lock functionality
- Salesforce Meetings
Offline access to Meeting IQ and Coach Unlike the Web app, where content updates automatically, you will have the option to manually update their content as they do on the current Windows app. The refresh button will also alert you when new content is available in your account.