Friday Notebook, September 6 & 13: More on VMworld; iPhone 11; Android 10

Also: Facial recognition; Samsung Note10+; Microsoft Desktop Analytics; employee experience; more on iOS hacks; Android Enterprise survey; and more!

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

Our blog posts

Kyle: Welcome to Microsoft Desktop Analytics, the Windows Analytics successor. Now in public preview, Microsoft presents Desktop Analytics as the next chapter for Windows Analytics.

Jack: iOS jailbreaks and hacks in the news: Here’s what you need to know. Yes, it’s significant, but no, it doesn’t completely upend our mobile security model. Either way, it’s a good opportunity to go over security lessons. (Sidenote: Several days after we published this article, Apple published a statement in response to Google’s blog post. This is still pretty contentious.)

Jack: Horizon Services for Multi-Cloud finally shows the future of VMware’s broker strategy. Horizon 7 and Horizon Cloud will be under the new control plane. We also look at Horizon and WVD, and Horizon DaaS on VMware Cloud on AWS.

Kyle: Testing out the Samsung DeX experience with the Samsung Note10+. I still struggle to see Samsung DeX being optimal for office workers versus more frontline employees, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have its uses.

Jack: What does employee experience mean to end user computing? Striving towards a better employee experience, Citrix and VMware are working on a bevy of new products. Is this the new, expanded definition of EUC?

Kyle: What are the differences between Google Chromebook Enterprise and Chrome Enterprise? Google recently announced Chromebook Enterprise, which follows similarly named management products, so let’s figure out what each means.

Industry news

As you know, the new iPhones were announced this week. There’s not too big of an enterprise angle, except for the fact that we have timelines for most of the fall Apple operating system releases. iOS 13 will drop next Thursday, September 19; here’s a handy list of related dates. We’re working on some more updates for next week, but in the meantime, you can check out our previous coverage on iOS 13 User Enrollment. Apple also just put out a new video covering Extensible Enterprise SSO. For those that like to talk about the finer points of Apple news, here are John Gruber’s brief thoughts

Android 10 / Q (with no dessert names, as they’ve been dropped going forwards) came out last week. Here’s our Android Q enterprise overview from when it was first announced.

VMware detailed what’s new for Workspace ONE UEM for Android, and it’s a solid list, including support for migrating BYOD legacy managed devices to Work Profiles; enrollment without network access to Google services; Workspace ONE Access for shared devices; and other new policies. You can find more details about migration here.

Here’s what’s new for Citrix Workspace for August. There are a couple of new tech previews for identity and access management features, plus other news, and as we covered, Citrix Managed Desktops is GA.

Cortado, the MDM and mobile productivity product line that came out of the same group as ThinPrint, now supports Android Enterprise Zero-Touch Enrollment.

Ping Identity is starting its IPO roadshow. Here’s the S1.

Other reads, news, and notes

If you’re involved in EMM, please go and take Jason Bayton’s Android Enterprise survey. We haven’t seen too many published metrics about adoption, and I love community projects like this, so it’s worth your time and support.

How Citrix uses machine learning and natural language processing on an internal project, localizing products.

Benedict Evans wrote a good explainer about face recognition. This is becoming a hot tech/political topic.

Microsoft patented an enterprise-oriented smart speaker, via Mary Jo Foley. We’ve been watching voice in the enterprise for a while.

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