Friday Notebook, March 8: RSA 2019 Edition

Also: Document co-authoring; Best of Synergy; Citrix CTPs; VMware vExperts; Windows Lite; and more!

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

Our blog posts

Jack: Our EUC notes from RSA 2019. Including news from Lookout, Microsoft, Ericom, Verizon, VMware, and others.

Kyle: Why can’t other apps get real-time co-authoring right like Google Docs? Google Docs has been the supreme co-authoring experience for years, why can’t anyone else offer anything as good? Just a frustrating thing, really.

Jack: Attention vendors: It's time to submit for the Best of Citrix Synergy 2019 Awards. Tell the judges about your most interesting products! Entries are open until April 5.

Kyle: What I learned at RSA 2019: What’s going on in biometrics, mobile threats, and more. Information overload: I learned about mobile threats, the biometrics push, and more.

Industry news

Much of the EUC industry news this week was associated with the RSA conference, so be sure to see our posts (listed above). Overall, though, it was a light week for pure EUC news. RSA news items we noted include:

Also in security news, Zimperium and Samsung Knox announced a partnership this week, where Knox-enabled devices can take threats found by Zimperium and remediate them down to the hardware level.

This week, Citrix announced the new class of CTPs for the year, and VMware announced the vExperts for 2019. Congratulations to all the new awardees. For a fun look back, read this interview with Brian covering the history of the CTP program.

VMware has released iOS and Android clients for Exchange Notes and Tasks, called Workspace ONE Notebook.

The Verge reported rumors of a new lightweight version of Windows to act as a Chromebook competitor, and to run on dual-screen devices. (So I guess those are a thing now.) The project, referred to as Windows Lite, will join S Mode and Windows RT as versions of Windows that only run apps from the Microsoft Store. In theory, I like some aspects of this idea, but in reality, the first thought that came to my mind was “maybe the third time's a charm?”

More notes and reads

Last week, I told you about about Christiaan Brinkhoff and Bas van Kaam’s Byte-Sized Book project. To go along with it, they’re running a five-minute survey about EUC, cloud, and VDI, available here. It has some interesting questions, like asking if you think Windows Server will still have RDSH in a few years.

GroundControl has updated their website ( and it looks great! There is nothing else that does what GroundControl does, even with all the work Apple has put into Supervised mode. While founder Aaron Freimark is a regular guest on the podcast, we haven’t written about GroundControl’s latest features in a few years, so watch out for an update soon.

Last week on the identity standards front, we got FIDO2 support in Android 7.0+ This week, we have news that the WebAuthn standard has been finalized. Not everybody is going to be following every move in this space, but we should all be excited that this progress is happening—these are concrete steps that are bringing better and more convenient security to everyone. In particular, WebAuthn helps websites authenticate users via their mobile device, biometrics, or FIDO security keys.

In case you don’t follow them, Motherboard does some excellent security reporting. The latest example is this investigation on the underground market for “dev-fused” iPhones, which are like pre-jailbroken phones used for internal development. Naturally, these are a target for jailbreakers, bad actors, enthusiasts, and other curious parties. It’s worth reading.

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