Friday Notebook, October 13: Google invests in Neverware; Citrix in Hive-IO; and Dell in IoT

Also covering Co-Management requirements, Office 365 revenue, iTunes for MDM admins, JAMF gets an investment, the end of Windows 10 Mobile, and Deep Freeze MDM.

This is our weekly log of everything that’s happened in the EUC, EMM, and desktop virtualization space, collected and co-written by Jack and Gabe.


Microsoft released a list of prerequisites for using Co-Management with Windows 10 devices. Among them are a Tech Preview of SCCM version 1709, Azure AD, EMS or Intune licenses, and an Intune subscription where Intune is configured as the MDM authority. Additionally, existing Windows 10 machines already managed by SCCM must be running Windows 10, build 1709 and joined to both AD and Azure AD. New Windows 10 machines need to have the Cloud Management Gateway installed. ...So... once you get all that straightened out, you can use the Tech Preview of Co-Management. It will get easier as time goes by, but right now it sure looks like there’s a migration or two to do before you get to your ultimate migration. Here’s our initial story on Co-Management, our look at what it could mean for other EMMs, and our technical explanation.

Neverware landed a Series B round of funding this week, led by Google. We’ve written about Neverware’s Chromium OS-based platform before, saying that their product, Cloudready, gives the Chromebook experience the best chance it’s had for enterprise adoption. Think of Neverware Cloudready as Stratodesk for desktops and laptops, converting any x86-based device into a Chromebook or Chromebox. It makes sense that Google would invest in them, especially as both companies are increasingly setting their sights on the enterprise world.

Microsoft stated that subscription-based Office 365 revenue has surpassed revenue from perpetual Office licenses for the first time. They also said that they expect to have two thirds of its Office business to be subscription-based sometime in late 2018 or early 2019. This shouldn’t be that surprising, given the unbelievable growth rate for Office 365 (or the fact that switching to Office 365 is the fastest way to “true up” the number of licenses you have versus the number of users you have), but it is still impressive nonetheless.

Hive-IO, which you might recall as the company that acquired the assets of Atlantis Computing, has secured a Series B round of funding that includes Citrix as one of the investors. The investment amount was not disclosed. You’d have to think that Citrix could have bought Atlantis at some point if they were really interested in doing something with hyper converged infrastructure, so I’d take this announcement as nothing more than Citrix getting some skin in the game. You can expect to see a partnership with Hive-IO and Citrix at some point, but beyond that it’s anyone’s guess.

Dell announced a huge plan to create a new IoT division and invest a billion dollars in R&D. One of our freelance contributors just wrote about the difficulties od IoT, and today, we’re still wondering if IoT will end up being the responsibility of EUC folks like us, or otherwise. Either way, while it’s not a huge focus for us, we’re keeping an eye on it. If there are IoT developments or stories you think we should be covering, let us know in the comments.

The latest version of iTunes got rid of the App Store, but for a lot of mobile admins, this was a key part of the app distribution workflow. To that end, Apple has re-released iTunes 12.6.3. (Via Reddit.) We’ll see if they make this permanent, or change EMM workflows to finally make iTunes unnecessary.

Jamf Software has received a “majority investment” from Vista Equity Partners. This comes at a time when they’ve been growing like crazy, partnering with Microsoft, and Mac management is continuing to evolve. Their user conference starts in a little over the week, so watch out for more news.

Windows Phone and Windows 10 Mobile have shrank to an almost unmeasurable market share in the last year or two, and this week we got what some are interpreting as a sign of its final end when Joe Belfiore tweeted that it was no longer a focus. (Via Windows Central) This comes on the heels of last week’s announcement of Edge for iOS and Android. Still, you have to wonder how this squares with Terry Myerson’s comments from a year ago that they should still have a toe in the water to keep up with ARM and cellular technology. Maybe now that they’re planning on supporting other ARM-based and cellular-enabled devices, they don’t have to worry about phones anymore?

Faronics, makers of Deep Freeze, have announced a new mobile device management product, Deep Freeze MDM. (Via VMBlog.) It’s been awhile since we’ve seen a brand new MDM, and just yesterday we wrote about how hard making a good MDM really is. While they mention “leaving out infrequently used features,” they are covering Apple DEP and VPP, and Android enterprise and Android zero touch.

Our blog posts

Gabe: Summing up the changes at Citrix in the wake of last week's layoffs. Last week, Citrix made news for their worldwide round of layoffs. This is a look at what was impacted, and where that leaves Citrix in areas like IoT, ShareFile, XenMobile, XenServer, HDX, and App Layering.

Jack: Samsung Knox MDM covers a wide range of use cases these days. While Android enterprise has been around a few years, Samsung Knox security and management features still offer a lot of differentiation.

Jack: Mobile device management products aren’t a commodity, despite past predictions. The scope of enterprise mobility management has widened, and maintaining a core MDM product remains a lot of work.

Gabe, writing for TechTarget Access: Compare types of virtual desktop user experience monitoring. When it comes to user experience monitoring for VDI, IT has a choice between an agent-based or a virtual user-based approach. Each one has its pros and cons.

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