The Friday Notebook: January 27, 2017

Featuring Intune for Education, earnings, Ivanti, artificial intelligence, 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 January 27, 2017.


Microsoft announced Intune for Education, and partner OEMs announced inexpensive Windows 10 devices to go with it. Come for the Windows versus Chromebook discussion, stay for the Intune on Azure and Windows 10 MDM possibilities—here’s our full analysis.

We also got to hear Brad Anderson talk about the new Azure-based Intune management console and the Intune Graph API on his blog and in a video. Interesting facts:

  • According to their telemetry, there are now “tens of millions” of Windows 10 devices in the enterprise, and more than 99% are managed with Configuration Manager.
  • There are currently about 40,000 Windows 10 devices being managed with MDM. Half of those are with Intune, half of those are with other EMMs.
  • There are now more than 37,000 (Update that came out later in the week: now 41k) Microsoft EMS customers.

Earnings out this week include Microsoft, Citrix, Alphabet, Intel, and VMware.

AppSense, LANDESK, Heat, and all those companies that gradually came together will now be known as Ivanti.

Citrix receiver is the first of the Citrix apps to be getting the Intune MAM SDK, plus after all these years it's finally getting enabled for XenMobile MAM. The Intune support is in preview now, the XenMobile support will come later when it goes GA. Here's our recent update on the state of the XenMobile and Intune integration.

Google finally updated the Google Voice apps. Google Voice has been the favorite “virtual phone number” solution of the team for years.

Facebook announced support for physical security devices. Awesome!

Slack for Enterprise is coming soon. (Via Business Insider.)

A form of app streaming is coming to Android. Announced last year, it’s coming out in a limited test now, and the official name is Android Instant Apps. It’s interesting to see this desktop virtualization concept come to Android, but it’s not the first—Google experimented with a remote-display form of app streaming back in 2015.

Apple is doing something about all those annoying “Rate our app” popups. Hurray! (Via TechCrunch.)

Lastly, BYOD has reached the White House: Trump is tweeting from his personal phone (via New York Times), which Android Central believes to be a 2012-era Samsung Galaxy S3, running Android 4.3 at best. We stay out of politics on this site, but, wow...

Our Blog Posts

Peter Daalmans: System Center Configuration Manager is here to stay and ready for the future. Microsoft MVP and BriForum speaker Peter Daalmans takes us on a tour of Configuration Manager Current Branch. This is Peter’s first post as a guest contributor for

Gabe: Introducing Ivanti, LANDESK's new name for all of its products (including AppSense)

Jack: Microsoft announced Intune for Education. Here’s our analysis.

Jack: How will the rise of artificial intelligence affect EMM, desktop virtualization, and EUC? AI has a lot of momentum right now, so it’s worth paying attention so we’re not caught off guard. (I’ve been wanting to write this article for a long time, and it’s getting some good comments.)

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