Friday Notebook, May 11: Citrix Synergy 2018 Edition

This week we also focus on Microsoft Build 2018 and Google I/O 2018. We’ll return to our usual format next week.

This is a weekly log of what’s going on in EMM, EUC, and desktop virtualization. It was a huge week, with Microsoft Build, Google I/O, and Citrix Synergy all happening at once.

Our blog posts

Jack: Welcome our new site editor, Kyle Johnson! has hired a new writer and editor.

Jack: VMware Horizon 7.5 brings a solid list of updates – Here’s a rundown. Including updates on JMP automation, extended servicing, Workspace One Intelligence, AWS, Azure, BEAT, GPU options, and universal licenses.

Jack: Citrix Synergy 2018 Keynote Live Blog. Here's what the keynote brought!

Jack: So, what did you think of the show? (Citrix Synergy 2018 Edition). My fast take after the first two days in Anaheim.

Kyle: Drinking from the fire hose: My impressions of Citrix Synergy 2018 & the EUC world. My initial report after Day 1 and Day 2 of the show.

Citrix Synergy 2018 news

We covered pre-Synergy announcements in our preview post; shared our live blog and initial impressions (above); and will do some deep dives in the coming weeks. Now, here are all the brand-new announcements, for the record:

  • Here’s the official press release, blog posts, and session videos.
  • All the products are being renamed.
  • The new Workspace App will bring together access for all types of apps and data, across all devices. It will essentially be the next of Receiver, albeit a much expanded one; it also features ServiceNow integration.
  • The Workspace App includes an embedded browser, which will be leveraged by another new product, Citrix Access Control. This solution, currently in tech preview, will provide DLP, URL filtering, and access control for SaaS and web apps.
  • Citrix Gateway Service (announced a few weeks ago) will have many more features, pushing it in the direction of a full-fledged IDaaS offering.
  • In the future, the Workspace app will have an “Actions” section, featuring micro apps/workflow apps.
  • XenApp/XenDesktop management will be coming to Azure Government cloud.
  • Citrix Cloud has new power management capabilities for workloads on Google Cloud Platform. By the end of the year, they’ll do complete provisioning.
  • Citrix is “working on ways to streamline and automate” the process of converting images to move between platforms.
  • Citrix Endpoint Management (formerly XenMobile) will have new management capabilities, including Apple TV and Alexa for Business.
  • Secure Mail now has a Slack integration, which allows email threads to be converted into Slack chats. There are other UI improvements, including rich text signatures.
  • Citrix Analytics is “on the cusp of broad availability,” though we’re still waiting for the precise packaging.
  • Citrix will have Day 1 support for apps on Windows Server 2019.
  • Citrix will provide access to RDmi apps from the Workspace App.
  • After a few years of development, Workspace Hub has formally launched.

Microsoft Build

As a developer conference, Microsoft Build had a few broad themes—like artificial intelligence—that can seem a bit distant from the day-to-day work of end-user computing. However, the apps that we all use (Office) or that Microsoft wants us to use (Teams) will include these AI features, so it’s worth keeping an eye on them.

Other themes that touch our world include Microsoft’s continuing embrace of iOS and Android, as well as Alexa/Cortana integration. (I think we need to be watching the digital assistant space just like we watched mobile and BYOD a few years back.)

You can find all the session videos here; a few that I’ve bookmarked include “Microsoft 365: A powerful development platform;” “Modernizing Enterprise Applications;” “Windows 10 on ARM for Developers;” and “MSIX: Inside and Out.”

Google I/O

Again, as a developer conference, Google I/O was also slightly distant from our daily enterprise EUC lives, but it’s worth following along. You can find all the session videos here, and I found this keynote video cut from The Verge to be informative and worth watching. There will be a lot more enterprise news at Google Cloud Next in July, so I’m looking forward to that show.

Anyway, Android P is getting some features to help wean you off of low-quality, idle phone usage; new navigation gestures; and “actions” and “slices” to integrate apps more. (Official blog posts with more information are here and here.) There’s word of stricter Android patching requirements, and thanks to Project Treble, the Android P developer preview is available on several devices. Lastly, Linux apps are coming to Chromebooks, so there’s another endpoint option to consider.

Other news...

...Will be included in next week’s Friday Notebook :)

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