Friday Notebook, May 10: The future of App-V and a sneak peek at Microsoft AppAttach

Also: Xi Frame on Nutanix AHV; revoking user access; WVP printing and ThinPrint; Google I/O; MobileIron and SSO; and more.

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

Our blog posts

Jack: Just what is a “Workspace”? “Workspaces” are taking over all aspects of end user computing. Now... what is a workspace? (Newly updated for 2019.)

Kyle: We talk a lot about access and authentication, but what about revoking user access? Google hopes to make it easier with their proposed Continuous Access Evaluation Protocol.

Jack: Xi Frame announces on-premises VDI on Nutanix AHV – Nutanix .NEXT 2019 news. What other enterprise and multi-cloud plans do they have? We’ll be watching to see this week at Nutanix .NEXT.

Bas van Kaam: What’s new with printing for Windows Virtual Desktop. Bas van Kaam looks at how it works, and how third-party vendors are addressing WVD, including Tricerat and ThinPrint.

Microsoft Build 2019 news

Microsoft Build was this week, and by far the biggest issue for our audience is the future of Windows apps of all types. Mary Jo Foley describes that, “In short, Microsoft's new goal is to try to make all features available to all of the Windows frameworks.” She summarizes her interview with Kevin Gallo, CVP of Windows Developer Platform, this way: “The days of trying to push Windows developers to build and/or repackage their apps to be UWP/ Store apps seemingly are over.”

Over at the Midwest Management Summit in Minnesota, there were worries that App-V might be going away, possibly after 2020. This was mentioned on Tuesday in a session by John Vintzel. Microsoft’s Andrew Clinick confirmed the news on Thursday, stating, “App-V is not under active development but it is supported in Windows 10. We will work closely with our App-V customers to ensure that their requirements are met by the future of app deployment, MSIX in conjunction with SCCM/InTune [sic].” I’m told that this was actually mentioned back at Ignite, but either way, the issue seems to be coming to a head now.

Tim Mangan wrote a response on his blog, noting that MSIX is not ready to replace App-V and might not ever achieve the same level of compatibility, as it has different goals anyway.

At Build, we also got a sneak peak of a new technology, codenamed AppAttach (starting at 38:30 in this video). AppAttach allows you to take .MSIX apps hosted on a file server, and then instantly attach them to machines, using the same tech that FSLogix uses for profiles—the apps are mounted like VHDs, and data is read via block-level transfers. Remember that FSLogix introduced Cloud Cache last year bringing more options for storing your FSLogix containers. There are still many questions, but things are certainly getting interesting.

Also this week from Build:

Other industry news

Google I/O 2019 was this week, so there was a lot going on (here’s Google’s overview post and TechTarget’s coverage), though perhaps not as much enterprise EUC news as there was back at Cloud Next in April. Google announced some new security features planned for Android Q. (We covered new enterprise features in March.) All new devices will be required to encrypt user data, including wearables, IoT devices, TVs, and other devices that have less-powerful processors, thanks to a new encryption mode that doesn’t require specialized hardware.

ThinPrint announced support for Windows Virtual Desktop. They’ll offer a new version of ezeep, installed via the Azure Marketplace. We have more on this in Bas van Kaam’s post on printing in WVD. (Also, kudos to the ThinPrint team for writing a straightforward description of the new product directly in the press release!)

MobileIron hosted their annual user conference this week. The headline product news includes updates to Access, their contextual access and single sign on product. They’re touting zero sign-on now—i.e., no need for a password, you’re just authenticated by a certificate, and access is determined by other conditions. We haven’t had a chance to look at the new features yet, but for some background, you can read about how Access works in previous articles, here and here. They’ve also updated their branding and rolled out a new corporate logo. It’s definitely a new era—as we mentioned last week, Ojas Rege is stepping away from his day-to-day role at MobileIron.

VMware announced a new version of Intelligent Hub for macOS, version 19.04. Here’s more on Intelligent Hub (as of December).

Citrix Ready workspace hub now supports Citrix Browser Content Redirection.

Jamf released products from their recent ZuluDesk acquisition, now called Jamf School.

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