Friday Notebook, July 19: Microsoft Inspire 2019; frontline employees

Also: deviceTRUST; mobile security; blogging tools; MobileIron; and more.

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

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Jack: A quick look at deviceTRUST, a simple conditional access tool for virtual desktop environments. deviceTRUST rides entirely on top of your existing desktop virtualization environment and is configured via Group Policy, so it can be used without any additional infrastructure at all.

Kyle: iOS 13 and Android Q show mobile OSes handle security, privacy issues better than Windows used to. Apple and Google can lock down their operating systems with much more ease than Windows. This makes our lives easier (most of the time!).

Jack: The blogging tools I use to keep up with the EUC industry. EUC is broad, so how do we follow so many topics? I’ve been wanting to write this article for a long time.

Microsoft Inspire

Microsoft Inspire was this week. First off, Microsoft reversed their decision to eliminate partner internal use rights. (Via Mary Jo Foley.) Second, while some thought that we might get something about the availability of Windows Virtual Desktop, they didn’t end up making any announcement. And as expected, there was a lot of partner news. Here are the EUC items that crossed my desk:

  • CloudJumper announced their new version with WVD support (press release), as well as support for NV-Series VMs (press release) and a partnership with ThinPrint (here).
  • Liquidware announced WVD support in ProfileUnity and 6.8.3 (press release).
  • ThinPrint launched a partner program for Microsoft CSPs (press release).

People seemed excited about Azure Lighthouse, a new feature that gives partners delegated access to their customers’ tenants. I spoke with Vadim Vladimirskiy, CEO of Microsoft partner Nerdio, and he had a good explanation in this blog post.

There was a lot of talk about augmented reality and frontline employees at Inspire, and just before the event, the New York Times ran a story about Microsoft wins with HoloLens for frontline employee training. So UEM admins, get ready for more device types to support. There’s also an interesting identity lesson in here, where the article says “It took a year to get everyone to sign up for the corporate logins needed for Teams.” Supporting employees that don’t have a corporate email address is also going a big part of end user computing, as I’ve noted before.

Other industry news, reads, and notes

MobileIron’s Zero Sign-On tech, which involves using a managed mobile device to authenticate to a web app on an unmanaged desktop, went GA this week with iPhone support. I just spent an afternoon with the team digging into these updates and the future plans for MobileIron Access, so watch out for a full deep dive next week.

Citrix updates this week include support for Android Enterprise OEMConfig, the clipboard in the HTML5 version of Workspace app, and a Citrix Managed Desktop pilot program for partners.

Workspace ONE Boxer got a new certification, this time NIAP Common Criteria.

IGEL highlighted growth in North America: For the first half of 2019, software revenue is up 147% YOY, and endpoints (both hardware and software) are up 142%.

Private browsing in Chrome is getting more private.

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