Friday Notebook, October 4: WVD week; Microsoft Surface event

Also: Awingu and BlackBerry; a look at cyber insurance; Windows Cloud Download; and a bit more.

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

Our blog posts

Jack: Windows Virtual Desktop is generally available today. Here are 8 things to keep in mind. Will it live up to the hype? Time to wait and see!

Bas van Kaam: Awingu’s workspace aggregation software joins forces with BlackBerry UEM. Workspaces are a key part of EUC, and Awingu and BlackBerry UEM complement each other nicely.

Kyle: Cyber insurance has taken off thanks to constant data breaches. Let’s take a look. Yes, it’s a thing. If it exists, there’s an option to get it insured, welcome to capitalism.

Kyle: Windows Cloud Download is another step towards modern management. Get back to work quicker with Cloud Download, which helps you avoid the fun of updating for days after reinstalling.

Industry news

With Windows Virtual Desktop now GA, the stage is set for a bunch of other products. Citrix Managed Desktop was already GA, but now its support for WVD is, too. VMware’s WVD support is coming soon. Remember, for them, this is mostly about the OS entitlements, not the WVD brokering components.

Others will be more interested in what they can add to a full WVD environment, i.e., on top of the broker. One example is CloudJumper, which had a press release about their support out today, as well. Rory Monaghan wrote: “CloudJumper has an incredible product that makes WVD setup and management much better than when just using the WVD gallery item.” And of course there’s printing; ThinPrint launched their WVD printing, which we covered earlier this year.

 I (Jack) was out on vacation last for a few days, and while I wasn’t surprised by the WVD news, I was surprised to learn about all the new Surface devices and Windows 10X. Here’s Mary Jo Foley’s FAQ on Windows 10X; here’s a look at the ARM-powered Surface Pro X via The Verge; the new Duo phone; and the Neo, which is like two tablets stuck together.

Here’s what’s new in Citrix Workspace. Also, Citrix Endpoint Management is now available on the Azure Government cloud.

VMware Workspace ONE now integrates directly with Epic, so that patient-facing devices can be wiped when patients are discharged.

The newest version of Login VSI now has an open API, sure to come in handy in all sorts of situations.

Other reads, news, and notes

SMBs will be able to buy Windows 7 Extended Security Updates, too. Via Mary Jo Foley.

In September, NIST released draft guidelines for zero trust architecture. (PDF) Definitely on our reading list.

Another good read this week from Troy Hunt: Banks, Arbitrary Password Restrictions and Why They Don't Matter. If you haven’t read his blog, I highly recommend it for nuanced and clear discussion of many security issues, including passwords and authentication. Troy is the creator of

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