Welcome back! The Friday Notebook took a few weeks off for the holidays, but Gabe and I were busy as ever writing our 2016 retrospectives about EMM, desktop virtualization, and about our site itself. We also talked with Sumit Dhawan, and wrote about Windows 10 on Qualcomm, Citrix and VR, DaaS, a newer MAM provider, and the next BYOD-sized headache. (Scroll down for links to all our posts.)
Anyway, here’s what happened and what was interesting in the enterprise mobility and end user computing space in the weeks between December 16, 2016 and January 6, 2017.
The Consumer Electronics Show ran this week, but we haven’t found much to write about from CES in a few years. Perhaps the most significant trend this year is that the PC is interesting again, according to The Verge.
One last Windows 10 nugget: Alleged Windows 10 Design Makeover Surfaces (again via Thurrott). The headline says it all, though it’s not really a complete makeover, it’s more just a refinement.
Citrix Summit is next week. While officially most of Summit is under NDA, in the last few years a significant amount of news has been coming out of it, both from partners and Citrix itself. So stay tuned. Citrix is even examining virtual reality now.
T-Mobile announced Digits, a service that virtualizes phone numbers. Users can have multiple numbers on one device, make and answer calls from PCs and tablets, and even share numbers. There’s both a consumer and enterprise play here. Split work and personal calling has lagged behind other BYOD advancements, but it makes a lot of sense, so hopefully this will help it spread.
Tangoe, the telecom expense and mobile services vendor, has received acquisition proposals. Tangoe is currently suffering a financial crisis, since they announced that they would restate earnings going back to 2013, and are under threat of being delisted by Nasdaq.
Powwow, after a year that saw a lot of shifts in the app transformation space, announced a 410% increase in revenue. The actual values weren’t disclosed, but we’re happy to hear the news.
A French law giving workers the right to disconnect from work email after hours has gone into effect (from The Guardian). The EMM angle: Android 7.0 allows users to temporarily disable the entire work profile, elegantly disconnecting everything at once.
BlackBerry outlined some of the updates in the new version of their EMM platform, BlackBerry UEM 12.6. (Here and here.) I wrote about this new platform in December in BlackBerry has integrated all their EMM acquisitions. Now they need a fresh marketing effort. Their public image remains defensive.
Lastly, in a previous Friday Notebook, I recommend Benedict Evans’ Mobile is Eating the World presentation. This week I’d like to recommend another Andreessen Horowitz presentation, The End of Cloud Computing by Peter Levine. Of course many in our community also know Peter from his time at XenSource and Citrix. Also for your reading list, check out The Great A.I. Awakening from the New York Times.