Friday Notebook, March 29: XenMobile resources; even more iOS 11.3 features; and E8 Security

Also: Microsoft reorg; SCCM 1802; Apple Business Manager; more MAM SDK partners for Appdome; and more!

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

Our blog posts and news we covered

Windows Server 2019: Session Host is dead! Multi-user Win10 instead? Imagine if RDSH was based on a client OS instead of a server OS. Fantastic, right? Brian Madden (the person) asked me if he could write a freelance post after he noticed this news. Also, here’s Mary Jo Foley’s take, with quotes from Brian.

An introduction to managed Google Play. With Android enterprise, EMMs leverage an enterprise version of Google Play to distribute public and in-house apps. Jason Bayton explains how it works.

Quick thoughts on Apple’s education event, from a real teacher. There’s no doubt that Apple’s updates are welcome, but they're not the end-all and be-all—IT and tech in education are way more complicated.

(Updated) BlackBerry Enterprise BRIDGE is a new app that connects BlackBerry Dynamics and Intune MAM. Originally published back on March 19, now we’ve had a chance to see a demo and hear from Blackberry.

Industry news

Microsoft announced another reorganization this week. Terry Myerson is departing, and the Windows and Devices group will split in two. Brad Anderson’s group, Enterprise Mobility and Security, was moved under the Windows group last year, and will now be under the new “Experiences + Devices” group, lead by Rajesh Jha.

The SCCM 1802 update is out. It adds another co-management enabled workload, endpoint protection, as well as co-management reporting. Microsoft was rolling out a campaign to show how easy it was to start co-management (assuming you have all the prerequisites in place) but then pulled it when they learned that the hashtag they chose was already in a use.

Citrix published the first in a series of blogs highlighting XenMobile’s Windows 10 features, by Jeroen Lebon and Matthew Brooks. (Thanks for the Friday Notebook shout out!) This post focused on connectivity, but includes a lot of other Win10 MDM documentation links for your perusal.

Speaking of co-management, XenMobile can work alongside SCCM, too, and I recently learned that they have some server-side integrations planned. This follows VMware’s recent announcement of AirLift co-management capabilities. This is a major trend to follow this year!

One last XenMobile note, check out this new Citrix white paper on integration with Intune (PDF). This lays out all the different combinations of XenMobile MDX, Intune app protection policies, and MDM.

Apple is working on something called Apple Business Manager. It’s in beta, and is the equivalent to Apple School Manager—you can use it to manage DEP, VPP, Apple IDs, and similar tasks, and it relies on third-party MDM. Jamf announced support, and some documentation (PDF) surfaced via Reddit.

iOS 11.3 is out. We’ve already talked about the update controls and managed contacts, but the installation notes revealed one more enterprise feature we haven’t heard about: it will help manage the batteries on iPads that stay plugging in all the time.

VMware acquired a company called E8 Security. E8 does user and entity behavior analytics, and will be added into Workspace One Intelligence. According to Crunchbase, E8 had $22 million in funding and fewer than 50 employees.

Appdome announced support for automatically integrating MAM SDKs from AirWatch, IBM Maas360, MobileIron, and Intune, on top of their previous support for the BlackBerry Dynamics MAM SDK and other SDKs.

If you haven’t already, please consider participating in the VDI Like A Pro 2018 State of the VDI and SBC Union survey. It closes March 31st, so you have one more day!

If you’re a vendor that’s exhibiting new products at Citrix Synergy, this is a reminder that the nomination period for the Best of Synergy Awards closes on Monday, April 2. Here’s the submission link.

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