Friday Notebook, February 14: EUC funding news; Windows 10X; Apple joins FIDO Alliance

Also: Idaptive and authorization; #FreeTheSandbox; Teams; mobile security stats; Lakeside; Nerdio; Addigy;; smartphone cameras; and more!

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

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Jack: Idaptive is taking machine learning for authentication and applying it to authorization. We’ve seen AI/ML/analytics used for figuring out if a user is who they say they are. Now, how about if they’re doing what they should?

Kyle at Everything EUC: What IT needs to know about Chrome extension security issues. Google Chrome extensions can improve user experience, but they could access a lot of user data. Admins should take control over users' extensions for security and privacy reasons.

Kyle: Apple’s walled garden leads to #FreeTheSandbox initiative. What is it? Maybe we’re starting to see more vocal pushback from the security community around iOS and Android security.

Jack: A (slight) rant about Microsoft Teams on macOS. It doesn't use native notifications, and its value is limited if not everyone uses it.

Kyle: What did 2019 see for mobile security? More Punycode phishing, and jailbreaking returns. I previously spent several months examining 2018 in depth, so let’s see what the first couple of mobile security reports show for 2019.

Industry news

Microsoft released a Windows 10X emulator; remember Windows 10X will be for foldable, dual-screen devices like the Surface Neo, coming by the end of the year. I maintain that I rarely see people using Surface devices as tablets, so I’m curious if Windows 10X and the Neo will finally hit that mark. Here’s a tour of the 10X UX from The Verge. Win32 apps will run on 10X via a container (here are more details from ZDNet), and 10X will also support MSIX and UWP apps. (I sense it’s time for a chat with Tim Mangan to learn more about this one.) The other interesting part is that 10X will include some sort of built-in app reputation system, which could subsequently come to other Windows platforms.

Teradici has announced that their Cloud Access Software can now run on Azure Stack. We have a contributor assigned to cover this story, so watch out for our closer look. Azure Stack seems to be getting more attention as of late, and Teradici’s recent moves include building their own broker and creating PCoIP Ultra  

Lakeside Software has announced its first ever equity investment, from Insight Partners. I spoke to CEO Mike Schumacher, and I’ll have a quick write up for next week.

Nerdio has raised an $8 million series A funding round. Previously, they were self funded.

Also in funding news, while doing research for another article, I learned that Apple device management vendor Addigy has raised their first ever round of funding, at $6.08 million. I spoke to CEO Jason Dettbarn, and Addigy plans to use the funding to grow their sales and marketing efforts.

Apple is now officially a member of the FIDO Alliance. We’ve seen them add FIDO support in Safari; it would be great if the next move was to make iPhones into FIDO factors on their own. There are multiple other options for using FIDO on iOS, though.

The headline from Mary Jo Foley says it all: “Microsoft backtracks on 'Bing-jacking' Chrome with its Microsoft Search extension.” We won one!

The Workspace ONE forums are now live in a new home on the the VMware Technology Network.

Citrix announced new CTPs for 2020. Congratulations, everyone!

More reads and notes

First, this week I noted “Amazon Outpost vs Azure Stack Hub,” by Marius Sanbu. I always like his articles for getting up to speed on cloud infrastructure topics.

Another interesting read this week: “Dangerous Domain Goes Up for Sale,” by Brian Krebs. Opinions are divided on whether Microsoft should pay up, or whether the owner of is being shady. Trillion-dollar companies don’t need any sympathy, but I’d say that the owner is definitely being shady.

Kyle and I had a look at the new line of Samsung Galaxy phones, and while there weren’t any specific enterprise announcements this time around, as an amateur photographer, I thought the cameras were pretty interesting. The Galaxy S20 Ultra has a camera with the equivalent of an 85mm lens, with a prism to turn the light path 90 degrees so that the assembly can fit in the phone. For comparison, modern iPhones offer 52mm-equivalent telephoto lenses. There’s also a lot of talk about how one of the cameras has a 108 megapixel sensor and offers 100x zoom, using digital zoom, pixel binning, and computational photography to improve performance.

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