The Friday notebook - December 9, 2016

It’s been a big week: Full Windows 10 on ARM, MAM for Windows, EMS updates, BlackBerry EMM integration, a new name for Android for Work, 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 December 9, 2016.


Microsoft announced plans to bring Windows 10 desktop to Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 ARM processors. (Official post from Terry Myerson | Mary Jo Foley article with more details.) This includes support for x86/Win32 apps. Just think of the possibilities for augmenting Windows Continuum.

BlackBerry has done a lot of work integrating BES, Good, and their other EMM acquisitions, and the new unified platform will be called BlackBerry Secure. I wrote about their integration plans a few months ago; we’ll publish our full analysis on Monday. (UPDATE 12/12/2016: This article is out now. See: BlackBerry has integrated all their EMM acquisitions. Now they need a fresh marketing effort.)

There were several Microsoft EMS updates this week:

On the Windows 10 front, Microsoft announced new security and management features for Windows 10 Creators Update, including what appears to be a form of mobile application management for Office apps.

Android for Work and Google Play for Work are now just core parts of Android and Google play, so Google is dropping the “for Work” part of the name. They’ve launched a revamped version of the former Android for Work website at

One more Microsoft update: Visio is coming to the web and iOS.

Facebook Workplace, which launched in October, will now have an API to support app integrations. (Documentation here.) I think Facebook Workplace is an awesome idea; now this is another major component that will help it be successful.

Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop 7.12 are out, along with Receiver for Windows 4.6. There’s also a preview of the Citrix Cloud MDX app wrapping service

VMware App Volumes 2.12 is out. So is Horizon 7.0.3 and Horizon Client 4.3, which include a Universal Windows Platform app (.appx) client.

Here are the latest updates in IBM MaaS360, including all sorts of MDM enhancements.

Blog posts

Gabe: Workspot enters the DaaS space. Here's our full analysis of their Windows 10 on Azure platform. Workspot is doing more than just DaaS, adding in some managed services on top of their management plane and orchestration. Could this be the kind of DaaS offering that catches on?

Jack: The complete guide to mobile application management: Why exactly is MAM so challenging? Managing mobile apps is now considered an essential part of dealing with mobility. However, from my time attending conferences, talking to IT pros, and talking to industry figures, I know that MAM is still challenging and confusing. I’ve written dozens of articles about MAM over the years, but as 2017 approaches, I thought it would be useful to consolidate all this information into a handy 3-part guide.

The second part of this guide is here: The complete guide to mobile application management: Understanding different MAM techniques. The third part, covering real world use cases and how they affect MAM, will come sometime next week.

Thoughts of the week

A big thank you to everybody that came out to After Hours in Minneapolis on Tuesday night! We’re busy planning events for next year, and we hope to be able to publish the dates and locations soon.

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Oh and MaaS360 released a range of Apple DEP enhancements, enhanced polices for macOS, Android for Work updates, Enhanced Android N support, Windows 10 kiosk mode, new VPN types, Mobile Metrics, Enhanced Azure AD Integration and scalability for for tens of thousands of mailboxes etc. -!/wiki/W0dcb4f3d0760_48cd_9026_a90843b9da06/page/MaaS360%20Cloud%20Release%2010.58
Thanks for the heads up. I follow the IBM Security Intelligence blog for some of the bigger MaaS360 news, but I hadn't been following that wiki.