The Friday Notebook: April 7, 2017

Read up on new Windows 10 MDM features, long-term Android support by Zebra, Citrix Secure Browser, the future of RDSH, VDI Like a Pro’s survey, a sale on XenMobile Service, and more.

Here’s what happened in enterprise end user computing, desktop virtualization, and enterprise mobility management space in the week leading up to April 7, 2017.


The Windows 10 Creators update is coming out next week, and it includes a range of updated MDM capabilities. Here’s the full list; some of the interesting features we’ll be sure to dig into include support for App-V and support for ADMX-backed policies.

Citrix had several products go GA this week: Citrix App Layering (i.e. the fruits of the Unidesk acquisition), and XenDesktop and XenApp Essentials. But what’s also interesting this week is that they’re having a big sale to get customers to transition from on-premises XenMobile to XenMobile Service.

Speaking of Citrix, TechTarget is running the Best of Citrix Synergy awards again this year, and Gabe and I are involved. If you’re a vendor showing off a great product at Synergy, put it in the running for the awards by submitting here.

Okta, the identity and access management vendor, is probably going to IPO today, and for a much higher goal—$215 million—than initially announced. Still, as Gabe wrote, Microsoft has to be keeping them awake at night.

On Monday, Lookout and Google announced that they found a new strain of Android spyware related to the Pegasus iOS spyware from last fall. (Official blog posts here and here.) The new spyware, known as Chrysaor, or Pegasus for Android, is actually slightly more powerful. They’re both much more concerning than your run of the mill mobile malware, but the targets are extremely narrow—Pegasus for iOS was only found once in the wild, and Chrysaor less than three dozen times. Furthermore, Chrysaor was never available in Google Play. Just like when I mentioned mobile threat detection last week, I’ll say again—it’s good to be aware of these threats, but most organizations have bigger security issues to worry about first.

This week saw some large business divestments, as VMware announced that it is selling its vCloud Air infrastructure-as-a-service offering to OVH Group, and McAfee completed its spin back out of Intel. We don’t have too much to add to these particular announcements, other than that we agree the consensus that both moves seem to make sense.

Internet traffic from Android has overtaken traffic from Windows. Note that this is worldwide, and that areas like the US and other longer-running technology markets still see Windows dominate.

Following the death of Firefox phones in February, this week Canonical announced that it will no longer invest in Ubuntu for phones. Between this and the state of BB 10 and Windows 10 Mobile, it’s just not a good time for would-be iOS and Android disruptors.

Our blog posts

Jack: Another Android enterprise play: Zebra (rugged device OEM) announces long-term Android OS support. As Android takes over more enterprise use cases, additional features like long-term servicing become important, too.

Jo Harder, guest contributor: Citrix Secure Browser: The key word is “Secure.” Almost all your endpoints already have browsers, so why do you need virtualized one? Jo Harder looks at the issues that might make you want to consider it.

Gabe: With the rise of Nano Server, is Windows 10 the future of RDSH? There's little doubt that Microsoft is heavily focused on Nano Server as the OS of the future. Will they keep the full Windows Server around for RDSH, or move RDSH to Windows 10?

Gabe: VDI Like a Pro's 2017 VDI and SBC State of the Industry survey is live. VDI Like a Pro has released their (almost) annual VDI and SBC State of the Industry survey. If you participate, you get full access to the results.

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