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FormerlyWandering WiFi
IndustryEnterprise mobility management software
Founded2003 (2003) in Atlanta, Georgia, USA
FounderJohn Marshall
FateAcquired by VMware, Inc.
Key people
Alan Dabbiere
BrandsAirWatch, AirWatch by VMware, VMware AirWatch, Wandering WiFi

AirWatch was an Atlanta-based provider of enterprise mobility management (EMM) software and standalone management systems for content, applications and email. AirWatch was acquired by VMware, Inc. in February 2014.[1]

Note: AirWatch was the name of both the company and a product.


AirWatch headquarters in Sandy Springs, Georgia

AirWatch was founded in 2003 as Wandering WiFi by John Marshall, who served as president and CEO. Alan Dabbiere has been the chairman since 2006 .[2][3] In February 2013, AirWatch received its first round of funding from Insight Venture Partners and Accel.[4] In July 2013, the company acquired Motorola Solutions's MSP (Mobility Services Platform) seeking to extend its portfolio to ruggedized devices.[5]

On February 24, 2014, the company was acquired by VMware, Inc,[6] and the EMM product eventually was rebranded as AirWatch by VMware and then VMware AirWatch. In May 2018 the enterprise product was rebranded to VMware Workspace ONE UEM with the release of version 9.4.[7] The product is often referred to as VMware Workspace ONE UEM powered by AirWatch.[8] The name AirWatch is slowly being phased out of use.

AirWatch UK Limited was dissolved on 24 Apr 2018 with the company's final absorption into VMware as a business unit rather than an wholly owned entity.

On 31 January 2020 the AirWatch offices in Milton Keynes, United Kingdom were closed.


  1. ^ "VMWare Announces Definitive Agreement to Acquire AirWatch".
  2. ^ Rasmussen, Patty. "Power Players: Technology Ambassador". Georgia Trend Magazine. Retrieved 8 August 2013.
  3. ^ Hockenson, Lauren. "You're no longer a now what?". The Next Web. The Next Web, Inc. Retrieved 8 August 2013.
  4. ^ Ho, Victoria. "AirWatch Gets $200 Million Series A Funding". TechCrunch. Retrieved 7 August 2013.
  5. ^ Kim, Kathy. "AirWatch Acquires Motorola's Mobility Services Platform". CRN. UBM. Retrieved 8 August 2013.
  6. ^ Somashekhar, Paple. "VMware Completes Acquisition of AirWatch". Archived from the original on 2014-11-29.
  7. ^ Bayton, Jason. "Android Enterprise first: AirWatch 9.4 lands with a new name and focus | Jason Bayton". Retrieved 2019-04-10.
  8. ^ "What is Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) | Workspace ONE". VMware. Retrieved 2019-06-26.