Friday Notebook, September 7: Windows 10 versions will get 30 months of support

Also: Workspace One UEM 9.7 with Remote View; Lakeside; ESXi on ARM; Citrix and Microsoft partnership update; RemoteFX vGPU; and more!

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Jack: Lakeside talks SysTrack 8.4 with AIOps - Podcast #135. Lakeside Software recently announced SysTrack 8.4 GA and I got to speak with CEO and founder Michael Schumacher at VMworld 2018.

Rachel: VMware ESXi is coming to ARM, adding to their IoT/edge efforts. Could automotive be next? VMware looks to be paying more attention to IoT and edge computing with their recent ESXi for ARM announcements, could a larger splash in the automotive VDI space be next?

Jack: Seriously, what is multi-user Windows 10 for? (Another possible clue?). We know Windows 10 multi user is real and coming, but we still don’t entirely know the true use cases for it.

Rachel: RemoteFX vGPU put out to pasture as RDP grows up. Microsoft quietly announced in May that RemoteFX vGPU was getting deprecated. Rachel looks back on its history and why it was deprecated.

Kyle: GeekOut 365 video: Citrix HDX support for H.265. Our final highlight post covers the fairly recent addition of H.265/HEVC support in HDX, hosted by Rick Dehlinger.

Industry news

On Thursday, Microsoft announced new extended life cycles for Windows 10 Enterprise and Education. All existing versions will get 30 months of support, and going forward, all Fall versions of Windows 10 will get 30 months of support. (Spring versions of Windows 10 will only get 18 months of support.)

In addition, paid extend support for Windows 7 (getting more expensive every year) will go through 2023; and Office 2016 will work with Office 365 services through 2025. Microsoft is also announcing new tools, including Desktop Analytics to assess app compatibility. Plus there’s more, so check out the post.

A lot of folks are pleased to see that Microsoft has finally responded to the feedback (pitchforks?) around Windows servicing. I still think the trend towards modern management is strong as ever, though (there are just so many benefits) and this is just a course correction along the way. With 30 months of support, a conservative organization could comfortably do updates every two years; but eventually after we get used to everything, once a year feels like an appropriate pace. (After all, it’s the pace set by iOS, macOS, and Android.)

On to other topics, via Aaron Parker, I noticed an article from Bleeping Computer about Google possibly working on a credential provider for Windows 10, which I learned would allow users to login with G Suite accounts. Aaron also points out that Google is working on putting Windows on Chromebooks, and that Azure AD supports G Suite integration as well.

Apple’s iPhone event is going to be on Wednesday, September 12, which means iOS 12 and macOS Mojave will arrive about a week later. Here’s a review of all the enterprise features to expect. But you’ve already been testing the beta versions, right?

Last week, Citrix’s Calvin Hsu joined an episode of the Endpoint Zone with Microsoft’s Brad Anderson and Simon May, and outlined recent and new partnership activities. Calvin said that the Citrix Workspace App will integrate the Intune MAM SDK (as other Citrix apps have previously done). They also covered Citrix Analytics integration with the Microsoft Intelligent Security Graph (I don’t know if this is new or not, but it makes sense), Citrix Cloud on Azure Government Cloud, and Citrix SD-WAN on Azure’s new virtual WAN offering. Lastly, they announce a joint program for select partners that are migrating customers to combined Citrix and Microsoft cloud offerings.

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