Friday Notebook, February 9: Windows 10 S Mode; Powwow and voice UI; Co-management case study

Also: dinCloud, XenMobile, MobileIron earnings, and more.

This is my weekly log of everything that’s happened in the EUC, EMM, and desktop virtualization space.

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What does the MobileIron and Google Orbitera partnership mean? Orbitera provides white-label cloud marketplace selling and billing; MobileIron will help customers manage and secure the services.

Infographic: When to use MDM, MAM, and other EMM techniques. A visual guide to how Android enterprise, iOS MDM/DEP, Samsung Knox, and mobile threat defense apply to BYOD, COPE, embedded devices, and the extended enterprise.

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MobileIron’s 2017 Q4 and full year numbers are out, and they had a good finish. Here are the highlights from the year: Revenue was $176.5 million, up 8%, and gross billings were $200.9 million, up 10% for the year. Recurring revenue was $130.3 million, up 15%, (and the run rate is $140 million)  and recurring billings, which represented 75% of gross billings, were $150.8 million, up 14%. I was looking for more color on Orbitera, but they said they’ll wait for future quarters to talk about that.

Citrix XenMobile’s integration with the Microsoft Graph API for Intune is now available. (The Intune API went GA last week.)

Via Paul Thurrott, Windows 10 S isn’t going to be a SKU, but rather a mode for most versions of Windows 10. We can almost think of this like the Windows equivalent of turning “unknown sources” on and off in Android. Some people surely won’t like the idea of paying $49 to turn it off in certain SKUs, but I’ll leave that debate for another time. Thurrott said that Microsoft mentioned AV/security apps in S mode and found this curious, but I think third party security apps could be appropriate if they follow the model of mobile threat defense apps intentend for Android and iOS, with techniques that are very different from traditional desktop security products.

Powwow announced a new release of its SmartUX enterprise app creation platform this week. It mentioned new features for citizen developers, so I'm definitely curious to find out where there customers are at with actually turning non-IT and non-developers loose on building apps. The release also mentions integration with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Microsoft Cortana. I just wrote about digital assistants in the enterprise, so there’s another thing to check out. I’ll reach out for a demo—stay tuned.

Microsoft and Avanade put out a case study about Avanade’s use of SCCM/Intune co-management. One way they describe it is to compare it to doing Exchange hybrid. Granted, Avanade is an early adopter and official reference, and the real milestone will be companies in the wild doing co-management, but it is nice to see that it’s already being used in production.

DaaS provider dinCloud has been acquired by IT outsourcing provider Premier BPO (via VMBlog). Gabe caught up with dinCloud in late 2016. Another sign that, as he put it, DaaS adoption is chugging along.

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