The Friday notebook - December 2, 2016

Featuring x86 on ARM, a third mobile OS, SCCM and Intune announcements, all our blog posts, and more!

Here’s what happened and what was interesting in the enterprise mobility and end user computing space in the two weeks from November 21 to Friday, December 2. (Normally we do this weekly, but we skipped last week because of the Thanksgiving holiday in the US.)


Mary Jo Foley reported rumors that the Fall 2017 update of Windows 10, aka “Redstone 3” may support x86 emulation on 64-bit ARM devices. This would be tremendously helpful for the Windows 10 Continuum strategy, bringing legacy apps to mobile devices that can be docked with a monitor, mouse, and keyboard.

Genymotion Cloud, a virtual mobile infrastructure product (i.e. VDI but with Android VMs), is now available on AWS.

Here’s an update on the race to become the third major mobile operating system: Jolla Sailfish has been approved for business and government usage in Russia. It has a Linux kernel and it can run Android apps. (Though remember there’s a big difference between running Android apps and being certified to use Google Mobile Services and Google Play. On the other hand, this is exactly what many customers might want.)

This week I found out two EMM products have been killed: Dell EMM and Symantec Mobile: Suite. This is old-ish news, but companies don’t exactly trumpet these things too loudly, so sometimes you just have to stumble on news like this. With all due respect, I can’t say that I was too surprised. Dell owns VMware AirWatch now, and Symantec had already deprioritized EMM over a year ago.

Microsoft announced that SCCM Current Branch (the version that gets frequent updates as a service) is up to 50 million devices. That’s at over 25,000 customers. Version 1610 of the Current Branch was just launched, too.

Microsoft announced some Intune updates, too: Now there’s conditional access for mobile apps and for Windows PCs (here’s why conditional access is awesome), the Intune MAM SDK now supports standalone MAM, and Android for Work support is now GA.

On the Windows 10 front, the Anniversary Update (version 1607) is now released to the Current Branch for Business.

Also related to Windows 10, AirWatch Tunnel (per-app VPN) is now available for Windows 10—yet another EMM concept coming to the desktop in the steady march of transforming desktop OS security.

Check Point Software reported a threat they’re calling Gooligan. It has affected 1 million Google accounts by using malicious apps from third-party stores to root Android 4 and 5 devices and steal authentication tokens. Google has already responded; they say there’s no evidence that user data has been accessed. Frankly, I’m surprised that not many people were talking about this on Twitter or in the news. On one hand, this illustrates the frustrations of the OEM-controlled update process; on the other hand, Google’s various actions are commendable and show that the system is working, in a way.

Blog posts

Jack: Identity and EMM just go together: A look at OneLogin’s recent app wrapping acquisition. Get familiar with another identity as a service vendor and how they think about mobility.

Gabe: UEM, Office 365, identity, and storage: Hot topics from our After Hours event in DC. We had an excellent time in Washington DC, in large part because of all the great conversations we had with the attendees. Here are the hottest topics of the evening.

Jack (repost): The state of EMM in 2016: What are the biggest challenges and issues today? This series from earlier this was getting a number of retweets recently, so we decided to bump it up to the top of the home page

Jo Harder (one of our new guest contributors): "I Can’t Print!" Short answers to complex Citrix printing issues. Printing can still be hard, but in this article Jo Harder shares some advice from her highly-rated BriForum session.

Jack: Cloud-based identity management services can work for your on-premises apps, too. IDaaS can also influence your remote access and networking strategies.

Gabe: DaaS in 2016: Catching up with dinCloud. DaaS provider dinCloud has been around since 2011, and though they don't make as much of a splash as AWS, VMware, and Microsoft, they've seen a lot and are a good barometer for progress in the industry.

Thoughts of the week

Gabe and I are back on the road next week for another evening event, this time in Minneapolis. You can register here, and check out Gabe’s summary of our recent event in Washington, DC here.

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