The Friday Notebook: February 10, 2017

Featuring VMware, BlackBerry, Windows Developers, Skycure, Vera, a guest post about Office 365, and more.

Here’s what happened and what was interesting in the enterprise mobility and end user computing space in the week leading up to February 10, 2017.


VMware announced some changes to Horizon 7.1—Here’s our coverage. Changes and news include extending JMP to Horizon Apps, an upgrade to Blast Extreme, the Skype for Business support release, a new offering called Horizon Cloud, and a new SKU for Horizon Apps.

BlackBerry announced the BBM Enterprise SDK—Here’s our coverage. It’s probably time to start thinking of them as some sort of PaaS or MBaaS, in addition to everything else they’re up to (which, incidentally, no longer includes making phones).

In preparation for the upcoming Windows 10 Creators Update release, Microsoft hosted a Windows Developer Day on Wednesday. There are lots of updates to UWP and the Windows Store, and they’re continuing to push the Desktop Bridge. Read Microsoft’s summary here.

Microsoft EMS has another mobile threat detection partner—Skycure. (The first was Lookout.) After almost a decade of modern enterprise mobility, mobile threat detection is still a nascent market. Adoption is extremely limited and most companies have many much more pressing security issues to worry about. But on the other hand, it’s there for the companies that feel they need it, the strategy of the vendors is vastly improving, and there has been more progress in the last 12-18 months than any period previously.

Vera is expanding its document tracking to email. Read here for the announcement, and here for more background on the company. As I wrote last April, document tracking is “the idea that you can maintain complete control over files, no matter where they go. This is also frequently referred to as information rights management, but I like the term document tracking since it’s more descriptive.”

Android Wear 2.0 is out. (Android Wear is Google’s OS for smartwatches and wearables.) Since it allows devices to be more independent of phones than in the past and it doesn’t include its own MDM API, some are worried about the security implications. Mostly I’m hearing crickets, though.

Here are updates in MaaS360 Cloud.

UniPrint Infinity is now available in Azure Marketplace. This isn’t about “printing from Azure,” rather, it’s about running your UniPrint server in the cloud. You still connect your on-premises clients and printers to it. You just don’t have to set up the server because they’ve created machine templates for you.

Our blog posts

Gabe: What keeps Okta, Dropbox, MobileIron and others awake at night? Microsoft, and for good reason. All the standards and integration in the world won't amount to a hill of beans when Microsoft decides to invest in a technology. Such is the case with EFSS, EMM, and IDaaS today.

Gabe: A quick rundown of VMware's Horizon, Skype for Business, and Horizon Cloud announcements today. VMware announced a few changes to Horizon today along with a new product called Horizon Cloud. Here's the quick breakdown.

Jack: BlackBerry takes another step towards mobile platform as a service. Yesterday BlackBerry released the BBM Enterprise SDK, the latest in a string of moves to become a broader enterprise app platform.

Guest post from Theresa Miller: The top 5 considerations for migrating to Microsoft Office 365. We get the basics, but what do we really need figure out before we make the jump to Office 365? Theresa Miller digs in.

Of note

The RSA Conference is next week here in San Francisco, and I’ll be heading over.

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