Friday Notebook, February 22: Android Enterprise Recommended for MSPs; Microsoft Office app

Also: Google news; Zimperium mobile threat data; client VMs; Samsung UNPACKED 2019; EMM resources; and more.

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

Our blog posts

Kyle: Zimperium mobile threat data shows malware is a worry but still impacts few devices. Zimperium found that the greatest share of mobile threats is device based.

Rachel: Client virtualization, part 2: How client VMs have evolved into current offerings. Vendors and open-source projects alike are using the benefits of client virtualization, while fixing some of the flaws.

Kyle: Samsung UNPACKED 2019: 4 Samsung Galaxy S10s & Galaxy Fold, but light on enterprise news. Samsung unveiled a total of five new phones, including the foldable one everyone wanted to see, but was light on enterprise-relevant news.

Jack: The essential enterprise mobility management (EMM) resources, version 1902. Want to get started in enterprise mobility? Trying to answer a question? Start with this curated list!

Industry news

Google announced yet another expansion of Android Enterprise Recommended this week. It will now include managed service providers and companies that have MSP business units. The initial partners that provision, manage and support customer devices include Cognizant, Honeywell Enterprise, Econocom, and Stratix. Google says that validated partners will be trained how to best simplify mobility deployments for customers. In order to get included in the Android Enterprise Recommended MSPs, organizations have to undergo training with Google on how to implement and support Android, be certified with AER Enterprise Mobility Management systems, have a close working relationship with Google, and be committed to staying up to date on Android. This follows January’s announcement that they were adding an AER program for EMM vendors. The Android Enterprise Recommended program has been around for officially a year as of Thursday.

Google announced their intent to acquire Alooma, which is a small cloud migration platform. In their blog, Google Cloud says the purchase will allow the company to help streamline their enterprise customers’ move to the cloud.

Jack wrote about cloud gaming last month, and while discussing the different companies involved, he mentioned Google and their Project Stream that wrapped up its beta in January. After the beta, there was no further word on an actual release. Well wonder no longer. Fortune reports that Google is expected to reveal details about the project at March’s Game Developer’s Conference.

Google has been quietly busy this week. For identity, the company unveiled their Continuous Access Evaluation Protocol (CAEP), which they will submit as an open standard and possibly as an extension of RISC. The goal of CAEP is to address how organizations use federated protocols that leave users logged into apps for especially long periods of time (a common mobile device experience). CAEP would allow federated services to incorporate more dynamic data when deciding if a user should continue to get access. Should a user remain logged into an enterprise app after flying to another country, for example. CAEP will help evaluate continued access through a “publish-and-subscribe” approach. The pub-sub approach updates identity providers with the latest user status rather than a one-time authorization, leaving them logged in with no follow up.

Microsoft released a new Office app to Windows 10 users this week. The app allows Windows 10 customers (business or consumer) to access documents or Office apps, even if they don’t have Office installed. IT admin will be able add company branding to the app, use Azure AD to allow users to access third-party apps from the Office app, and allow employees use of Microsoft Search to find documents from anywhere in an organization.

VMware and Ericsson announced a five-year alliance around simplifying network virtualization for communication service providers running vCloud NFV platform.

More notes and reads

Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo speculates that Apple will release a 16-inch MacBook Pro, a 31.6-inch 6K3K monitor, and more in 2019.

Apple reportedly will let developers port iPad apps to macOS with an SDK to be released at their Worldwide Developers Conference.

Jason Bayton on the Samsung Galaxy S10 announcements.

Wired wrote about augmented reality and the mirrorworld, including how Microsoft’s HoloLens (which Jack and I still plan to eventually test out) could help power the office of the future.

Google to finally patch flaw that allowed websites to detect when users were in Incognito Mode.

Tech companies continue to look toward 5G. Samsung announced a Samsung Galaxy S10 model specifically designed around 5G, the phone will first come to Verizon customers in the U.S. Qualcomm only recently announced their Snapdragon X50 modem, but they’ve already announced the successor, the Snapdragon X55 5G modem, making the current chips obsolete, but it won’t be out until late this year.

Palo Alto Networks, one of the security vendors that partnered with VMware for their Trust Network, will acquire Demisto for $560 million.

Google Cloud NEXT 2019 session guide now available. The show returns to San Francisco April 9-11. Jack and I attended NEXT 2018 and plan to go this year as well.

Google Cloud Services Platform (CSP) now in beta. It was originally announced at NEXT 18.

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