Friday Notebook, July 27: Google Cloud Next 2018; Protocol Wars Part 2; Cameyo

Also: Exchange 2019; Office 2019 price increase; Gartner UEM Magic Quadrant; Citrix earnings; and more.

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

Our blog posts

Rachel: Are the protocol wars over? 2018 Edition, part 2: New use cases & competition. In this second article, Rachel examines new uses cases and which company may be winning the protocol wars. Here’s the first article, if you missed it.

Jack: We're at Google Cloud Next 2018 (Day 1 and 2 updates). What will Google's enterprise-oriented show mean for EUC, mobility, and possibly even desktop virtualization?

Kyle: GeekOut 365 video: Determining the best GPU size for VDI. In this webinar, discover how Patrick van den Born figured out the best GPU size using Splunk and uberAgent for a client looking to move from fat client to VDI.

Industry news

Most of our week (like 50 hours between the two of us) was spent covering Google Cloud Next 2018 here in San Francisco—check out our article above to get caught up on all the major announcements and initial impressions. We’ll have some more articles next week, but for now, we’ll just say that if you’re not aware of everything Google Cloud is doing for the enterprise, take a look, because they’re doing a lot.

Last week I (Jack) got introduced to Cameyo, a desktop virtualization provider that recently announced G Suite integration. It really is a very straight-forward product: It uses RDSH running on GCP to publish individual Windows apps. You can just share a URL for each app, and users login with their federated G Suite credentials. Data is saved directly to users’ Google Drive accounts. They have automatic scaling and power management options, as well. I think there’s a good place for drop-dead simple products like this for SMBs and education customers that need to deal with just a few Windows apps before they can go all-in on G Suite and Chromebooks.

For some news not related to Google, it was revealed this week that Microsoft is upping the cost of Office 2019 by 10%. The company is also switching up the naming for some of its Windows 10 Enterprise products: Windows 10 Enterprise E3 will now refer to the per-user version and the Windows 10 Enterprise E3 per Device becomes Windows 10 Enterprise, which will cost $84 per user/year. The E5 per device product is also getting discontinued.

Microsoft also released the public preview build of Exchange Server 2019, as well as SharePoint, Skype for Business, and Project Server. With the given popularity of Office 365, these won’t be the most-installed versions in these products’ history but they’ll still be important for many customers, nonetheless.

The July 2018 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Unified Endpoint Management Magic Quadrant (previously the EMM Magic Quadrant, and before that the MDM Magic Quadrant) was unveiled this week, and many vendors wrote about it and/or are offering copies. VMware has the top spot, followed closely by Microsoft and IBM; BlackBerry and MobileIron came next; Citrix was a bit lower.

The Citrix Workspace App will come to the Android side of Chromebooks. I (Jack) didn’t know this was planned, but sounds it sounds like a good idea. Not only do you get more opportunities for device integration, but from what I understand, the Android/Chrome sides of these things still aren’t perfectly integrated, so you would want to have the Workspace App available on both.

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