Friday Notebook, January 4: Android Enterprise Summit 2019 announced

Also: Citrix Analytics; Microsoft 365 SKUs; New Year’s content; and more!

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

Our blog posts

Jack: 2018 BrianMadden.com Zeitgeist. The most-read posts of the year, plus other industry milestones!

Jack: Student testing is another use case that could use some more MDM options for BYOD. MDM for BYOD still need work to address more use cases, but in the meantime, ClassCalc figured out some clever workarounds.

Kyle: Did you know how easy it is to sideload iOS apps to your iPhone?! Like, so easy anyone can do it.

Also see the Friday Notebook for December 21 for more of our year-end content, as well as our 2019 predictions.

Industry news

Happy new year! Citrix Summit is next week. Technically it’s just for partners and most of the content is under NDA, but usually there are a few public announcements. Just before the holidays, I wrote “How can Citrix become more strategic for customers? A conversation with CMO Tim Minahan.” I’ll be watching for more details about Citrix’s plans with Sapho; as well as what they’ll do to push Citrix Cloud and more details about their future as a Microsoft 365 and Azure reseller.

Also in conferences, just before the break we learned that Google will host another Android Enterprise Summit, this time in New York on February 5. The 2018 show was by all accounts a great event, and it’s good to see Google continuing to spread the work about Android Enterprise.

Microsoft announced a few new Microsoft 365 Security and Compliance bundles (via Mary Jo Foley). Analyst Wes Miller pointed out that this is likely because the high-end Microsoft 365 bundles are too expensive.

Citrix Analytics is starting to take in risk indicators from the Microsoft Security Graph. There will be a lot of these partner integration announcements over the years—that’s the whole point—but this is a key one and an example of what’s to come with these new EUC-focused security policy engines.

NComputing, mentioning “successful deployments growing across Fortune 1000 companies,” announced an upgraded version of the Citrix Ready Workspace Hub, based on the Raspberry PI 3+. (See Kyle’s article for more on what Workspace Hub does.)

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