The Friday Notebook: May 12, 2017

All the EUC news this week, featuring Windows Fall Creators Update, VMware, Tanium, Dizzion, IGEL, SOTI, our commentary, and a guest post from Gunnar Berger.

Here’s what happened in enterprise end user computing, desktop virtualization, and mobility in the week leading up to May 12, 2017.


Microsoft Build, their developers conference, was going on in Seattle this week. There were a lot announcements regarding AI, edge computing, Microsoft Graph, Cortana, and other developer-related topics. (Official press release and blog post.) Interesting stuff, but probably not pressing for the typical EUC admin. What we might care about, though, is the next version of Windows 10, the Fall Creators. Update (Official press release and blog post.) This is in addition to last week’s Windows 10 S news and changes to Windows as a Service update timing and strategy (here and here via Mary Jo Foley). Anyway, in the Fall Creators Update, Microsoft will continue to embrace other devices by bringing iTunes to the Windows Store, releasing the Project Rome SDK for iOS, enabling a cross-device cloud clipboard, and more.

It was a big week for VMware EUC, with several announcements coming out of Dell EMC World. These included a Chromebook partnership with Google (something they also did back in 2014), AirWatch reaching into Dell PC BIOS, VMware’s new IoT product line, and new Dell/Horizon VDI hardware/software bundles. Here are more details and our full analysis.

On a related note, VMware and Tanium, the vendor behind TrustPoint, have parted ways. (Via CRN.) We’re left wondering what’s next, but I think it’s apparent that TrustPoint didn’t end up being as strategic to VMware as we (and possibly they) thought it would be when it first came out. (More background on Tanium/TrustPoint here, and our comments on the news here.)

Dizzion has partnered with Goliath Technologies to add their logon simulator capabilities to the list of services they offer as part of their managed DaaS platform. Dizzion will use this to automatically test application and desktop availability for its customers. Dizzion is one of a few companies that have built a complete IT management platform around DaaS. You can read our article about them for more information.

IGEL has upgraded their UD5 and UD6 thin clients just in time for Citrix Synergy. Both thin clients feature multi-core Intel Celeron processors and can run IGEL’s own Linux-based operating system, IGEL OS, or Windows 10 IoT Enterprise. The Enterprise version of Windows 10 IoT is a replacement for Windows Embedded Standard 7 (WES 7), so it will look and feel like Windows 10.

Canada-based EMM vendor SOTI, which has an emphasis in embedded devices, announced a mobile device remote control and helpdesk platform this week, along with new integrations and the beta version of their new rapid mobile app development platform. You can read more details and my full thoughts here, but the short version is I think these all sound great.

I finally got around to updating my Continuum-enabled HP Elite x3 with the Windows Creators Update. The disappointing news is that multi-window support (for the Continuum desktop portion) is not in this release. (Here’s more via Neowin.)

Here’s an interesting read: Ars Technica looks at Google Fuchsia, a smartphone OS they’re working on. What’s it all about? We really don’t know, but it looks cool.

Our Posts

Jack: The “mobile is only for consumption” idea is flawed. Mobile devices provide important ways of creating and interacting with data.

Jack: SOTI announces Assist, combined mobile device remote control and helpdesk

Gabe in TechTarget’s Access magazine: Application layering frees up IT management. App layering can take a lot of the burden of application management off IT admins by allowing them to layer apps on top of the operating system.

Gabe and Jack: Our thoughts on VMware EUC news from Dell EMC World 2017

Guest post from Gunnar Berger: An introduction to identity. Do terms like SAML, tokens, and assertions cause you to dream of the days that an ID was just an Active Directory account? Me too! That’s why I wrote this post—we need to catch up or be left behind.

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