Friday Notebook, February 8: VMware and Jamf both make acquisitions

Also: iOS motion privacy; IGEL; Okta; Windows 7 extended support; and more!

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

Our blog posts

Jack: VDI has made tremendous progress! (You still need a darn good reason to use it!) Why use VDI? Business users won’t be ditching their laptops anytime soon, but there are many use cases that finally make sense now.

Kyle: Check Point mobile security data shows devices can come pre-installed with malware. Their research shows that some devices are infected before users have a chance to do it themselves.

Jack: I’m at IGEL Disrupt 2019 - Here’s what IGEL has been up to. IGEL OS has had lots of updates, and showcased partnerships with Teradici, Login VSI, and LG; plus they’re working with NVIDIA on an ARM thin client.

Jack: Okta’s 2019 Businesses @ Work report: Office 365 is big, but so are many Microsoft alternatives. Using IDaaS really does make choice easier.

Industry news

VMware announced their intent to acquire AetherPal, which does screen sharing for remote support on mobile devices. It’s been a while since we looked at this topic, so we have a briefing scheduled to learn more of the details. In the meantime, we can say that this is another sign of how mobile has become mission-critical for enterprise processes.

Also in acquisitions, Jamf has acquired ZuluDesk. ZuluDesk is an Apple-focused EMM, based in the Netherlands, targeting education use cases; they’re in about 6,000 schools today. What’s interesting is that ZuluDesk has a parent-facing interface to their EMM platform, so that parents can manage their children’s device usage when they’re at home. Think of it as an additional, narrow-focused admin role, accessible through a special app. People have talked about the idea of MDM for parents for years, but this is one of the first times I’ve heard of it in practice, and I think it’s smart to have it built off of the school’s MDM, rather than trying to repackage a complete MDM stack for individual consumers.

Jamf was also in the news this week in Okta’s Businesses @ Work report. As I noted in my coverage, Jamf was still the fourth fastest-growing app in Okta’s customer base. This follow’s last week’s news that Jamf has reached 20,000 customers. This wave of Mac management really is a big story in EUC right now!

Apple will allow users to limit websites’ access to accelerometer and gyroscope data in Safari iOS 12.2, according to MacRumors. This is great news, because this data can be used to identify both users and devices, and in a lesser issue, make for really annoying motion-activated ads. I would love for this to expand to apps, and turn into a full-on privacy framework and set of MDM restrictions!

Mary Jo Foley found out how much it will cost to buy extended Windows 7 support from Microsoft. It’s not cheap (ranging from $25 to $200 per device depending on the edition and how long you want it) but it’s not crazy punitive, either. Your possibly cheaper option is just running it in Windows Virtual Desktop.

More notes

Have you checked out ICT-R, the new community-oriented desktop virtualization research website? Their latest report compares the performance of different types of user profiles.

More on progressive web apps: You can now distribute PWAs in Google Play. (Via Maximiliano Firtman.)

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