Friday Notebook, February 15: What will Apple do about sideloading and rogue enterprise certs?

Also: A closer look at Idaptive, AetherPal, Google accounts, and client virtualization; and other notes from the week.

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

Our blog posts

Jack: Idaptive officially launches their “Next-Gen Access Cloud” IDaaS platform. Next-Gen Access Cloud has a new architecture, and Idaptive will continue to expand its machine learning capabilities.

Kyle: VMware acquires AetherPal for mobile support via screen viewing/remote control. An important tool to keep mission-critical mobile use cases running in the field.

Jack: Google just made it easier to create accounts with your existing corporate email address. Now Google explicitly tells users that they can use their existing email address to sign up for a Google account. This should clear up some user confusion, so I like it!

Rachel: Client virtualization, part 1: Is it the past or the future? (With a retrospective on XenClient). Part 1 examines why type-1 (bare metal) hypervisor is the way to go, and uses XenClient XT as an example of why early efforts failed.

Industry news

Two weeks ago, Facebook and Google’s misuse of the Apple Developer Enterprise Program was in the news. Now, TechCrunch and Reuters are sounding the alarm about iOS apps distributed outside of the App Store via enterprise certificates, including porn, gambling, and pirated apps. Not to say that we were the first to spot this, but this came as no surprise to us, as recently in the course of researching mobile threat defense data, we learned just how prevalent sideloaded iOS apps are, and exactly how easy (very easy) it is to find and install these apps. Now, I’m wondering if Apple will just throw up their hands and only permit enterprise-signed apps to run on MDM-enrolled devices. We’ve written about this topic extensively (here, here, and here). Apple is already going the route of locking things down (such as MDM enrollment in iOS 12.2), so I wouldn’t be surprised. WWDC is four months away, so we may find out soon.

More notes and reads

VMware announced that Workspace ONE Intelligent Hub will have a partnership with IBM Watson. They’re not saying what features are planned yet, but you can catch up on the latest in Intelligent Hub in our recent article. This week, VMware also announced the VMware Digital Workspace Topology Tool. Looks useful! Lastly, check out VMware’s new Windows Desktop Personalization Profile.

MobileIron 2018 Earnings: Recurring revenue of $151.1 million, up 18% YOY; billings $223.3 million, up 11% YOY. Operating margin is still negative, though, at -2.2% in non-GAAP terms, or -22.2% under GAAP.

Here’s Kevin Kaminski (a longtime BriForum speaker) on Microsoft’s mixed messages about Windows as a Service. I was nodding in agreement the whole time.

MSIX now supports Windows 10 1709 and 1803.

Google Play is getting more stringent about rejecting and suspending potentially harmful apps. (Via the Android Developers Blog.)

Citrix has a good explainer on how Citrix Analytics works, in case you’re still wrapping your head around it. Citrix also talked about its vision for incorporating Sapho (acquired last November) into Citrix Workspace.

Android Q will apparently have more new permissions management options—hurray! (Via XDA-Developers.)

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