Friday Notebook, October 25: Parallels RAS 17.1; Pradeo

Also: Stadia and ‘negative latency;’ Microsoft Defender; Linux on DeX shutting down; and a lot more!

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

Our blog posts

Jack: Infographic: When to use MDM, MAM, and other EMM techniques A visual guide to how Android Enterprise, iOS MDM, and mobile threat defense apply to BYOD, COPE, embedded devices, and the extended enterprise..

Kyle: Could what Google calls ‘negative latency’ make Stadia cloud gaming viable? The term is a little silly, but the idea behind it doesn’t sound too bad—we’re excited to hear what the remote desktop graphics community says about this.

Kyle: Microsoft adds Tamper Protection to Microsoft Defender to protect against malware disabling it. Over the last few years, malware has really started targeting antivirus software, so Microsoft is releasing a new feature that aims to prevent that.

Jack: End-user computing trends of the past, present and future. 2019 marks TechTarget’s 20th anniversary, so the editors in different groups are writing 20-year retrospective and look ahead posts. This is my (Jack) piece covering EUC, written for a general audience.

Industry news

Parallels announced Remote Application Server 17.1, which will preview soon and launch in December. It’s a pretty big release, coming on the heels of RAS 17, which was out in June. Head back to my previous post for more context, and to the press release and the “Coming Soon” page for more details on 17.1. Updates include new multi-tenant architecture options; support for SAML; more provisioning options; client updates; and more.

Samsung has shut down Linux on DeX, sending members of the beta program an email late last Friday. I (Jack) am not too shocked, as I still believe the primary use case for DeX is on frontline devices, like the police department case study I wrote. DeX is nice to have on Android tablets, like the Tab S4 that I reviewed, but even there, the Linux use case is fairly niche, since Samsung tablets have such a small presence in the “tablets used as personal laptop replacement” market.

Microsoft Desktop Analytics became generally available last week. We looked at the replacement for Windows Analytics back in September, when it was still in public preview. For those unfamiliar, Desktop Analytics provides admins with a dashboard where they can take inventory of and monitor Windows applications and devices.

As tweeted by Randy Cook, you can now sign up for a preview of MSIX app attach.

VMware updates: Audio Optimization for Teams is available in beta; big EUC sessions at VMworld Europe. 

Citrix updates: XenApp and XenDesktop 7.15 LTSR cumulative update 5.

Microsoft updates: New device management views in Intune.

Nok Nok Labs announced this week the first FIDO-based authentication for smart watches, called Nok Nok App SDK for Smart Watch. Basically, organizations can allow users to authenticate to company apps using their smart watch.

Yubico security keys now work with local Windows accounts called Yubico Login for Windows, giving users and organizations a secondary option to FIDO-authenticated accounts if you don’t want to use Windows Hello. This serves as an MFA option, not password replacement, though, so Hello is the better option if you want to go passwordless.

In more Microsoft news, the vendor announced secured-core PCs, from the likes of Dell, HP, and Lenovo, which are designed to be more hardened against attacks. As more attackers target earlier and earlier into the boot-up process, secured-core PCs have an additional layer of security aimed at protecting firmware. Other requirements to be named a secured-core PC is Microsoft Defender’s System Guard Secure Launch and Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0.

Google is working on making it so that the Pixel’s face unlock feature requires your eyes to be open. (Via The Verge.)

Other reads, news, and notes

Here’s a recap of Citrix Converge—Citrix’s recent micro app building conference based around Sapho tech—by Preston Gallwas and Martin Therkelsen. We have a lot more content on Sapho and workflow apps if you’re curious.

Tested: As you would expect with OLED technology, Dark Mode is more energy efficient on OLED iPhones (X, XS, and 11 Pro). (PhoneBuff via MacRumors.)

Cool: The story behind Rebble, a group that resurrected Pebble’s web services. (Via iFixit.)

The FTC is going after ‘stalker’ apps. (Via Vice.)

Briefing notes: Pradeo Secure Private Store

We’ve never spoken with Pradeo before, so I (Kyle) got on a call to learn more about the mobile security company and their new product, the Pradeo Secure Private Store. Pradeo is a company of about 80 employees located in France that originally started out in mobile applications security. They currently have customers in governments, banks, hospitals, logistics, and retail.

Pradeo’s latest release is a secure app store aimed at companies that do BYOD deployments. Available for both iOS and Android, though it only appears on the Google Play Store while the iOS version is distributed by enterprise certificates, the Pradeo Secure Private Store offers companies a way for employees, contractors, and partners to access internal and public apps (must be vetted by their mobile security tool - currently about 98 million apps) without requiring enrollment.

Additionally, Pradeo provides device attestation, looking at the device, network, and system integrity. If a threat is detected, access to apps on the Pradeo Secure Private Store will be restricted, but won’t impact a user’s access to their private data. Admins can set customizable conditional access policies.

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