Friday Notebook, December 21: Windows Sandbox; Corel buys Parallels, Appsulate

Also: Workspace ONE Intelligent Hub; Citrix strategy; HDX 1811; Android Enterprise Summit; G Suite sharing gets easier; and more.

This is our weekly log of desktop virtualization, enterprise mobility, and end user computing news.

Our blog posts

Kyle and Jack: What we learned about the new Workspace ONE Intelligent Hub and the latest in Mobile Flows We spent a day of deep dives on all things apps!

Jack: How can Citrix become more strategic for customers? A conversation with CMO Tim Minahan Citrix chief marketing officer Tim Minahan says that Citrix is addressing C-level concerns about employee enablement; and the Sapho acquisition is beginning to sound more strategic than I initially thought.

Kyle: My favorite articles of 2018 (Notice the security theme!) It’s been a blast covering the state of security and mobility this year; let’s see what progress 2019 brings!

Jack: End User Computing Bingo! Play this entertaining game for the next conference, product announcement, or webinar!

Jo Harder: Citrix HDX marches on in release 1811 Citrix has made some updates to HDX in the latest release, and Jo Harder dissects the new features and explains the good and the not-so-good for admins and users.

Jack: My favorite articles of 2018 (and why I wrote them) Plus a few other year-end thoughts.

Industry news

Microsoft announced a new virtualization-based feature for Windows 10 called Windows Sandbox. There are a lot more details in the official blog post—one thing to note is that for now it only runs on AMD64 architecture. They position it as a place to run sketchy apps and documents, or a quick way to have a clean environment. The desktop virtualization space is going to have a lot of fun with this one.

After rumors broke a month ago, we finally got official confirmation that Corel is buying Parallels, makers of Parallels Desktop, Parallels RAS (desktop virtualization based on 2X Software and Terminal-Services.NET), a Mac management plug-in for SCCM, and other tools. At first glance, Corel hasn’t exactly been top-of-mind for most of us in years, and their graphics, art, and CAD products don’t seem super close to what Parallels does. On the other hand, we’re seeing more usage of VDI (both on-premises and DaaS) for graphics-intensive workloads such as virtual workstations for creatives or CAD users, so there could be some opportunities there. (Perhaps Corel could use Parallels RAS to offer workstations as a service?) We’ll see what happens in 2019.

Also in virtual workstations for the media and entertainment industry, Teradici announced a collaboration with Avid.

Google just announced another Android Enterprise Summit, this time in New York City on February 5, 2019. The 2018 edition sounded like a really great event (as chronicled by Jason Bayton), so I’m marking this as a can’t-miss event on my calendar.

Login VSI announced an event, too—The VDI Performance Summit will be in Amsterdam on January 29, 2019.

Google Cloud just announced the beta version of a new feature that will allow G Suite users to share documents with people that don’t have Google accounts. This is great news—a lot of people get confused by the idea of making a Google account using their own email address, and just request access to corporate documents on G Suite with their personal Gmail address. With this, you’ll be able to skip all that confusion!

The IBM MaaS360 release notes and other knowledge are getting a new home at the IBM Security Learning Academy in January, so keep an eye out for the new link.

More reads

Citrix has a couple more product update blogs up. I’m sure this isn't an exhaustive list, but check out StoreFront 1811, Citrix Optimizer 2.0, and Linux VDA 1811.

Same thing for VMware. See User Environment Manager 9.6, App Volumes updates (here and here), a ton of new videos, and Horizon 7.7.

Android highlights how you can turn off work profiles with one tap. This made my list of BYOD-oriented features that have been requested for iOS MDM.

Rachel Berry wrote about “squidgy” product releases, a term that I’ll be using now, and shipping laptops to contractors, which is pretty interesting.

The MacAdmins podcast recently featured a few product marketers directly from Apple, Jeremy Butcher (enterprise products) and Doug Brooks (Mac hardware). Be sure to add this to your feed if you haven’t already.

Vendor Spotlight: Appsulate

Once again, we’d like to share a little bit about another vendor that we met with this year, but haven’t yet had time to write about.

Over the last few months, I’ve had the pleasure of talking to Uli Mittermaier several times; Uli is the co-founder and CEO of Appsulate, a secure browser startup. I’ve been a fan of this idea for a long time—especially for remote/BYO access to SaaS and other apps—so I was excited to learn about Appsulate.

Appsulate is based on Chromium, running on Linux. It can run it locally off of a USB stick, but Uli said that recently customers have been showing more interest in their hosted, remote display-based offering. They envision use cases like securing Salesforce or remote access, and they have policies to control things like uploads and downloads, the clipboard, watermarks, and screen recording. Appsulate can integrate with a standard identity provider to make sure that users don’t access apps via other untrusted browsers.

Appsulate is commercially available now, with plans for a broader go-to-market in 2019.

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