Friday Notebook, March 23: G Suite will enable basic mobility management by default

Also: The future of RDSH in Windows Server 2019; a mobile-like push for Edge; early Windows 10 on Qualcomm reviews; and much more.

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Our blog posts and news we covered

BlackBerry Enterprise BRIDGE is a new app that connects BlackBerry Dynamics with Intune MAM. The Microsoft Graph API brought server-side Office Mobile app integration, now here’s BlackBerry’s take on client-side integration.

CloudJumper (formerly part of nGenx) is targeting Citrix customers with their new migration tool. Several years ago, CloudJumper was a big Citrix partner. Now they’ve acquired their key technology partner, IndependenceIT, and are targeting Citrix migrations.

VMware announces AirLift for co-management and releases Workspace One products announced at VMworld. Workspace One Intelligence, Mobile Flows, macOS client, and Graph API support are all GA now; plus VMware is announcing a new security partner program.

Life after Citrix XenApp 6.5. By Jo Harder. Mainstream Maintenance for XenApp 6.5 ends on June 30, 2018. What are you doing next?

GCP and G Suite news

Following last week’s Chrome enterprise announcements (the headline for us was the new group of EMM partners), this week Google Cloud is announcing more security updates. In GCP, the headline new features are VPC Service Controls and the Cloud Security Command Center, among other recent features which are also highlighted. In G Suite, there are more phishing protections, default EMM controls, additions to the G Suite Security Center, and more rights management controls. Google is also making available Cloud Identity, the latest iteration of their IDaaS efforts, which includes conditional access based on EMM. Throughout the week, Google published about 1,000 blog posts on all this security news, so for more, also see here, here, and here.

Taking a closer look at the EMM news, G Suite is going to automatically turn on their “basic mobile management” functionality for all organizations by the end of the year, and this is interesting for a few reasons: I don’t know any exact numbers, but given the size of the G Suite user base, I would assume that they’re becoming a somewhat significant EMM provider. Turning on basic mobile management will affect many users and organizations.

From the technical angle, their basic mobile management functionality is an interesting middle-of-the-road approach in between MAM and MDM. Instead of doing a full iOS MDM or Android enterprise enrollment, there are simply policies to ensure that devices have passcodes. Depending on the OS and version, there are a few different ways for apps to do this. I want to look at this more for a future article, but in the meantime, you can check out this additional blog post and the support page.

More Industry news

The first preview of Windows Server 2019 is out. One question is what it means for RDSH. Microsoft is generally getting away from having GUIs on servers, and at the same time, there have been rumors of multi-user versions of Windows 10. We’ll watch this space.

In a recent test build of Windows, some links open in Edge even when it’s not the default browser. This is unexpected and annoying behavior for the desktop world, but more par for the course for the mobile world. (Via Mary Jo Foley.) For more context, see: Just wait, Chrome will come to the Windows Store eventually.

Some of the first reviews of Windows 10 devices powered by Qualcomm ARM chips are out. I’m interested in these things, and Rachel Berry took a look recently.

More news and articles that crossed my desk:

Lastly, as a reminder, Apple is having a special event next Tuesday. It will probably highlight education and iOS 11.3. Some of the new features that we’ve noticed are that iOS 11.3 will bring MDM controls for OS updates on Supervised devices, and contacts will be treated as MDM-managed data.

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