The Friday Notebook: February 3, 2017

Featuring SaaS unicorns, Office add-ins, Windows cloud, thoughts on shadow IT, a guest post from Jo Harder, 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 3, 2017.


SaaS companies are serious about the enterprise: Dropbox said it has reached a $1 billion revenue run rate; Slack introduced Slack Enterprise Grid, and Google announced G Suite Enterprise edition. Modern identity standards and APIs could tilt the balance in SaaS decisions—see our full thoughts here.

Microsoft announced that Outlook for iOS will support add-ins. The conventional thinking has always been that for many enterprise workloads, you need “real” Office on Windows (either local or delivered via desktop virtualization) in order to support integrations with other applications. Add-ins for the Office Mobile—along with integration opportunities afforded by the Microsoft Graph API—will challenge this notion.

Windows Cloud might be a UWP app-only version of Windows. (Via Mary Jo Foley on ZDNet and This follows Microsoft’s Windows on Qualcomm announcement from December. Yet another datapoint at a time when Windows is one of the most interesting stories in our space, but we don’t know how this will all work out yet. Related: Microsoft shared its directives for OEM partners. (Also via Mary Jo Foley.)

Tanium is extending its platform to do something called integrity monitoring. For more context, see our article, An introduction to Tanium (the technology partner for VMware TrustPoint). They certainly have our attention, so we’ll be watching to see how they spread.

Here are some new updates in AirWatch, including a setup wizard for Workspace One and better Google Play integration.

VMware disclosed security flaws in AirWatch Agent and Inbox for Android; the flaws can be fixed with updates. It’s notable that we don’t hear about flaws like these in EMM apps very often.

Firefox OS is dead. (Via Ars Technica.)

Citrix details the thinking behind its quarterly XenApp and XenDesktop release cycles.

Two Azure AD updates came out this week: Tenant restrictions and new features for B2B scenarios. Even if you don’t use these features, it’s still good to follow along to keep up with all the possibilities in modern IDaaS.

Here are two interesting thoughts, via Daring Fireball, on the iPhone 7 headphone jack and the Apple Watch. Despite all the doubts by the tech press, they’re doing fine.

Our blog posts

Gabe: Point: If the government can't stifle FUIT, what hope do you have? In this point/counterpoint series of articles, I suggest that the problem of end users circumventing IT is still prevalent despite how far we've come this decade.

Jack: Counterpoint: Shadow IT may still exist, but look at how far technologies and attitudes have come. In my rebuttal to Gabe’s article, I argue that we’re far better off than we used to be, and the worst of shadow IT is behind us.

Guest contributor Jo Harder: How does Citrix traffic cross the wire(less)? An overview of Citrix networking technologies. Jo Harder takes us on a tour of ICA, Session Reliability, HDX, Framehawk, and Enlightened Data Transport.

Jack: Will IDaaS and open APIs tilt the balance between Microsoft and Slack, Dropbox, and other SaaS? It’s the cloud era, and the math on software decisions is changing.

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