The Friday Notebook: June 9, 2017

Featuring Windows 10 Pro for Workstations, iOS 11, iPad Pro, Workspot, Centrify, the new Intune console, the 2017 Gartner EMM Magic Quadrant, E2EVC, ET6, and more VDI Like a Pro data.

Here’s what happened in enterprise end user computing, desktop virtualization, and mobility in the week leading up to June 9, 2017.


Microsoft accidentally leaked a build of a new version of Windows 10 called Windows 10 Pro for Workstations. In short, it’s built for higher-end desktops and will enable top-shelf features like ReFS and SMBDirect while also catering to resource -intensive workloads. Gabe had three thoughts as he read about it:

  1. Okay, awesome!
  2. Wait, why wouldn’t they just enable this on every Windows 10 version?
  3. Man, first we get slimmed-down Windows 10 S where things are turned off, and now we have Windows 10 Pro for Workstations where everything is turned on. That’s a lot of choices when you also factor in the other version of Windows 10.

Naturally, there are a lot of questions with very few answers to go along with them. We’ll keep an eye on this.

Apple’s 2017 Worldwide Developer Conference ran all week. As usual, the top thing that I was watching for was the new round of enterprise features in iOS 11. There was an EMM session on Thursday afternoon, and I’ll have a full deep dive soon, but the short version is that there were no sweeping changes—I was looking for a revolution in BYOD support to catch up with Android Enterprise, but that didn’t happen. So what is new? iOS 10.3 already brought a lot of new features like MDM for Apple TV, a new process for trusting certificates, and the ability to restrict WiFi networks. New this week: a lot of streamlining for Apple School Manager and how it works with VPP, the ability to enroll any device in DEP, and new options to configure devices over wired connections.

Of course the other big WWDC announcement with potential enterprise ramifications was the new 10.5” iPad Pro and iPad multitasking features in iOS 11. Is the iPad finally ready to become a real laptop replacement? I intend to find out for myself later this summer.

Gartner’s 2017 Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Mobility Management came out this week. VMware has the highest position; MobileIron, IBM, and BlackBerry are clustered together a bit lower; Citrix was demoted from the “Leaders” quadrant down to “Visionary”; and Microsoft, which of course was later to the party than many others, still hasn’t gotten up into the top right corner yet. You can download it yourself from various sources in exchange for your contact information (via BlackBerry, IBM, MobileIron, or VMware).

Workspot announced that their VDI 2.0 platform (or is it DaaS 2.0?) is now available from the Azure Marketplace. You’ve been able to use Workspot on Azure for a while, but the fact that it’s now available from the Marketplace means your path to adoption is much faster. Plus, if you’re already using Workspot on-premises, you can manage both implementations as if they were the same. We don’t run into Workspot in the wild that often (the people we’ve talked to seem skittish about the reliance on RDP), but Workspot offers you a 45-day, full-scale evaluation to kick the tires so you can see for yourself.

The new Azure-based management consoles for Microsoft Intune and Conditional Access are now generally available. No more Silverlight, and it looks like things are arranged much more logically, with a lot of flexibility—it’s clear why customers seem to like it so much already.

Centrify announced a few new capabilities for their Mac management practice: They can now vault admin passwords locally, and they’re integrating the open source Munki for software distribution.

One last thing about devices—I have a Galaxy S8 and its desktop dock in my hands now, so watch out for my review of how Samsung’s take on the phone-that-turns-into-a-desktop concept compares to HP’s take, which I reviewed previously.

Our blog posts

Gabe: Things I learned at E2EVC: Browsers suck, NVIDIA is king, XenMobile customization is hard. After Citrix Synergy, I attended the E2EVC conference, where I took a few notes regarding virtualized GPU performance, browser resource consumption, and XenMobile app icon customization.

Jack: VDI pros are all in on Enterprise Mobility Management (VDI Like a Pro survey results). What I learned about enterprise mobility from the community VDI Like a Pro survey: Over 91% of respondents have EMM in place, too.

Gabe: Mining the VDI Like a Pro data: 49% of companies do no application management at all! We've compiled the data for both application virtualization and application layering, and the results leave a lot of room for growth for both companies and App Management vendors.

Jack: My experience at the 2017 ET6 Exchange conference. What I saw at the enterprise transformation event, plus notes from my fireside chat with Kevin Kiley.

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