Friday Notebook, May 4: Microsoft 365 updates; Dell Technologies World

Also: BlackBerry; FSLogix: VDI Like a Pro data; and more.

This is a weekly log of what’s going on in EMM, EUC, and desktop virtualization.

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BlackBerry has completed its turnaround, but marketing and execution are still key. My notes on BlackBerry’s strategy, from their 2018 analyst day.

FSLogix is announcing Profile and Office Containers storage in the cloud. Cloud Cache will be able to leverage multiple clouds at once, via cloud-native APIs.

VDI Like a Pro 2018 Survey sneak peek: What’s happening in VDI/SBC/DaaS market share? There’s a lot of enthusiasm for the cloud, and the market is wide open. The full results will be out on May 16th.

Industry news

Citrix Synergy 2018 is next week. I’ll publish the usual live blog on Tuesday, and be sure to check in here and on Twitter throughout the week for the latest updates. In case you missed it, also check out my preview post, What I want to see at Citrix Synergy 2018. I’m excited to catch up with industry friends, plus our new site editor, Kyle Johnson, is going to be joining us at the show, so come say hello!

We already got one Synergy pre-announcement: Workspace Environment Management will soon be available as a Citrix Cloud service.

Last Friday, Microsoft announced a bunch of updates to Microsoft 365. (This reminds me that it’s really time to do a “What is Microsoft 365?” evergreen post... the short version is that it’s the name for Microsoft’s various bundles that include Windows 10, Enterprise Mobility + Security, and Office 365, now that there’s so much integration between everything.) The updates touched on delivery optimization for Windows 10 April 2018 Update; management for S mode on Windows 10 Enterprise; and more. As Brad Anderson told Mary Jo Foley. there’s so much integration between the components that Microsoft is treating it as a product.

Dell Technologies World ran this week, and with it came a few EUC-related updates. First, there’s the new Dell Wyse 5070 thin client, which they’re touting as their most highly-configurable and versatile. Next, VDI Complete—the bundle of VMware Horizon and Dell hardware—now includes updated servers. (Remember, they talk about pricing on a per/user/month basis, but that’s after financing through Dell.) Third, they made a big IoT partnership announcement with Microsoft, bringing together Azure IoT Edge (applications), VMware Pulse IoT Center (management), and Dell Edge Gateways.

Sumit Dhawan is leaving VMware to be the CEO of Instart Logic, a platform for web and mobile app delivery. There’s no word yet of who the new VMware’s new GM of EUC will be, but they have a strong team in place.

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