Friday Notebook, March 2: MobileIron's Android metrics, Citrix joins AppConfig

Also: VMware and purpose-built devices, Microsoft and Pradeo, Citrix updates, and more.

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

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Check out Samsung Knox 3.0, Knox 3.1, and the new DeX dock. Knox 3.0 brings a new architecture, unifying Knox and Android enterprise MDM APIs

Evaluating MAM SDKs and wrappers is still hard. What can we do? The EMM community would benefit from some head-to-head testing.

Industry news

Mobile World Congress 2018 was this week, but aside from last week’s Android Enterprise Recommended news and this week’s Knox 3.1 and DeX news, it was a quieter year for EMM announcements at the show. Still, read on for plenty of mobile news from the week:

MobileIron released their metrics on Android OS version distribution. 82% of the Android devices managed by MobileIron run Android 6.0 or higher, which means they support Android enterprise. We’ve been mentioning Android enterprise on a weekly basis lately because, frankly, many factors are coming together to make it a great time for it. I haven’t seen very many EMM vendor data points on Android enterprise adoption yet, and even though this merely indicated compatibility rather than usage, it’s a welcome start.

VMware announced support for Android enterprise on purpose-built devices.

Citrix is joining the AppConfig Community.

Another mobile threat defense partnership: Microsoft and Pradeo.

Mark Gurman reported rumors of Apple’s iPhone plans for 2018; there’s no word of a n updated iPhone SE though. I’ve always noted that the iPhone SE is great for enterprise use cases, as it is compatible with accessories made for older devices, so I’m curious if Apple will announce another update to it or if they have any other long term compatibility plans. Either way, Apple’s long term device support is quite good.

As we mentioned in a previous Friday Notebook, Citrix is now doing a monthly “what’s new” series. For February, Workspace Service, which we last examined after Synergy, is now Workspace Experience, and there’s a tech preview that allows users to authenticate to it using Azure AD. There are also details on XenApp and XenDesktop 7.17, as well as news we covered previously, workspace hub and the XenMobile Migration Service. Citrix is also announcing XenServer 7.4, with emphasis on graphics capabilities.

VMware’s 2017 earnings came out late Thursday afternoon. Regarding EUC, VMware said "EUC license bookings were up over 30% for both the quarter and for the full year. Throughout the year, Workspace ONE [...] continued to be our primary growth driver in EUC." To add a bit of color to that, Pat Gelsinger said that the growth was "in categories that people didn't think had that kind of growth potential in them [...]" Furthermore, he in part attributed the growth to Workspace One bringing together multiple EUC products, as well as competitive replacements on both mobile and desktop products. (Transcript via Seeking Alpha.) It will be interesting to see what the VDI Like a Pro survey numbers (running now) will say about Horizon versus Citrix XenApp/XenDesktop.

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