Friday Notebook, October 6: VMware Horizon update, DaaS for DeX, Edge for iOS and Android

We also cover Citrix layoffs, Google Pixel 2, and more on Microsoft Ignite, including RDS updates and SCCM co-management details.

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.

News we covered

Gabe: Citrix lays off hundreds of people worldwide. Citrix has begun laying off employees after a summer of tumult that started with the replacement of Kirill Tatarinov as CEO by David Henshall. We’re keeping track of developments here, and we’ll follow up next week with a look at business after the dust has settled.

Other industry news

Last week, VMware tried to release Horizon 7.3 but pulled the code back in order to work out some last minute bugs. This week, they released Horizon 7.3.1 and Horizon Client 4.6. Version 7.2 included all the big changes announced at VMworld, and this release builds on that with features like Windows Server OS support for Instant Clone desktops, Start Menu shortcuts to published apps and desktops, RDSH support for Skype for Business, and HTML5 video redirection for Chrome, among many other things. Lots more information is available in the blog post announcing the release.

IBM Maas360 had a pretty big release, touching unified endpoint management, support for Samsung E-FOTA (essentially, OS update controls), and many other aspects of the product. It’s been awhile since we’ve had a formal update with IBM, but we’ve reached out for an update.

Ingram Micro is making a go at consumer-oriented DaaS for Samsung DeX. The offering, which is using AWS Workspaces, is intended for use with Samsung’s DeX platform—essentially a nirvana phone dock system that lets you use your phone as a thin client. We’ve long been skeptical of the concept, but Jack was fairly impressed with the Galaxy S8 with DeX.

Microsoft Edge is coming to iOS and Android, and it will be Intune MAM-enabled. This is not about bringing the browser engine, (which isn’t possible on iOS) but instead strengthening the link between people’s mobile devices and their Windows PCs. Here’s more on Edge for iOS and Android via Mary Jo Foley.

When it comes to mobile handsets, the big news this week was launch of the Google Pixel 2. While Pixel and Nexus devices have never exactly been mainstream, it can be argued that they make good enterprise devices, since they’re quality devices, with no bloatware, and then get timely updates—that’s what Tango was thinking a while ago. Android Police noticed that the Pixel 2 will get three years of OS updates. (Of course, most iOS devices get four years.)

Our blog posts

Aside from the Citrix news, we spent the rest of the week continuing to dive into Microsoft Ignite.

RDS Unchained: Benny Tritsch's report from Microsoft Ignite 2017. Benny covers all the Remote Desktop Services buzz and news from Microsoft Ignite 2017.

Gabe: Microsoft's big push with SCCM and Intune, plus what it means for AirWatch, Citrix, and MobileIron. With co-management, Microsoft decided not to wait before entering the Unified Endpoint Management market. This aggressive move is uncommon for them, and shows how important they think it is

Jack: How Windows 10 co-management works with SCCM and Intune/MDM, and how third parties can use it, too. At Microsoft Ignite 2017, Microsoft revealed Windows 10 co-management with Intune and SCCM—here’s how the concept extends to other EMMs. This could be big, for the whole EMM industry.

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