Friday Notebook, May 24 & 31: Citrix Synergy news roundup; iPod Touch for the enterprise

Also: Huawei and Android Enterprise; mystery Microsoft OSes; Chrome ad blocking; Synergy partner news; and more!

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

Our blog posts

Kyle: You can now see if Chrome extensions are safe with Duo’s free, new CRXcavator tool. Free-to-use tool provides some additional insight into Chrome extensions across an entire organization before users install.

Jack: Citrix Synergy 2019 live blog! Citrix Synergy is taking place this week in Atlanta, Georgia. Follow along to hear the latest news.

Kyle: What I learned on the first day of Citrix Synergy 2019. My first repeat conference!

Jack: “So, what do you think of the show?” (Citrix Synergy 2019 edition) I love all the moves in identity management, and I’m looking forward to digging into the new tech. Time will tell how Citrix’s broader strategy works out.

Jack: Apple WWDC 2019 is next week. Will we get the wave of enterprise updates we want? My wishlist: More cloud identity support, clarity on BYOD, and more transparency.

Kyle: Client virtualization still has its fans and use cases: A look at Hysolate and Qubes OS. Isolation starting from the operating system is one way to ensure data protection without restricting user productivity.

Kyle: An update on the Citrix Workspace Hub: Citrix is serious about their low-cost thin client. My first look at this thin client option left me feeling like it wasn’t an enterprise device, so let’s get an updated look at where it is nearly a year later.

Citrix Synergy news roundup

We covered most of the news in blog posts already (and we have more in the works for the coming weeks) but here’s a roundup of official news and blog posts from Citrix Synergy 2019, so that you can find everything you need. All the session videos are posted, too.

And here’s more news from Citrix partners and sponsors:

  • eG Innovations announced a new product, eG Enterprise Cloud.
  • ControlUp released ControlUp Automation. I remember hearing about these automated actions quite a ways back, so I know all the fans out there will be excited.
  • IGEL is bringing ControlUp into their Universal Management Suite.
  • IGEL is working on a client for Windows Virtual Desktop.
  • Flexxible IT launched their Apps2Digital platform on Azure Marketplace. This is a set of tools designed to help guide channel partners through the process of virtualizing apps through Citrix Cloud.
  • Lastly, here are the Best of Citrix Synergy 2019 Awards winners.

Industry news

Apple announced an updated iPod Touch, running Apple’s A10 processor. As we’ve been discussing for quite some time, the enterprise is a major customer of iPods and iPhone SEs, as they’re pin-compatible with battery cases, barcode scanners, and other sleds designed for iOS devices going back to the iPhone 5. The iPhone SE may be on its way out, but devices with the A10 chip are likely to be supported through 2022, giving 10 years of pin-compatibility. Most news outlets have been puzzled by or are mocking the new iPods, but for EMM folks and customers with iPod and iPhone SE deployments, this is great news.

With Google suspending business with Huawei following the Huawei ban in the U.S., some enterprise customers around the world could be facing challenges. As Jason Bayton describes on LinkedIn, this could mean the end of Android Enterprise support for Huawei devices, which are popular in many parts of the world. This will be several steps in the wrong direction for some EMM deployments, unfortunately.

Microsoft loves to talk about future operating systems, and this week they were doing just that at Computex, talking about an OS that updates in the background, is secure by default, always connected, and so on. As Mary Jo Foley points out, it’s not exactly clear what possible OSes Microsoft is talking about. She mentions the role that Windows Virtual Desktop and Windows Sandbox could play, and to that I’ll also add that AppAttach could have a role here, too.

G Suite confidential mode is going GA. This is similar to other document tracking and IRM products in the market (yes, it works with non-G Suite recipients) but the great thing is that it’s just included for existing customers.

Google revealed recently in a post by Simeon Vincent, developer advocate, that Google had decided to move ahead with proposed blocking changes by partially deprecating the webRequest API in Manifest V3. In January, content blocking extension developers raised the alarm about Google looking to partially deprecate webRequest API and introduce the declarativeNetRequest API. This change would reduce the content blocking ability of many popular ad blockers, leaving them mostly able to observe network requests. Content blocking extensions will have to move to a rules-based system, which is seen as less effective; additionally, they’ll be limited to just 30,000 rules (which is restrictive given the popular EasyList uses 75,000). However, for enterprise deployments, there will be no deprecation to the webRequest API, though there was no explanation as to why. 9to5Google suggested this decision may be to allow Google’s paying customers to continue to develop in-house extensions. Developers in the Chromium thread seem less than enthused by this decision, especially given that Google claims to be open to comments and concerns but not actually listening to them (probably because ad blockers hurt revenue). Maybe it’s time to jump to Firefox?

IGEL now supports AWS Workspaces through the Teradici PCoIP software client for Linux.

VMware: Video on Workspace ONE Intelligence February, March, and April releases.

Citrix: What’s new in Citrix Optimizer 2.5.

More reads and notes

Google and New York University and University of California, San Diego: adding SMS-based MFA to Google accounts is still way, way, way better than nothing, blocking 100% of automated bots, 96% of bulk phishing attacks, and 76% of targeted attacks.

What I Learned Trying To Secure Congressional Campaigns, by Maciej Ceglowski, author of one of my favorite articles, The Website Obesity Crisis.

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