The Friday notebook – November 4, 2016

It was a light week for EUC/EMM news, but we have some awesome blog posts to share.

Here’s what happened and what was interesting in the enterprise mobility and end user computing space in the week leading up to November 4, 2016.


Microsoft’s competitor to Slack is out. (Office blog post | Mary Jo Foley post | More questions answered)

Microsoft Dynamics 365 is out, too.

On the heels all the talk about Jamf, IBM, and Macs, a new Mac management company, Fleetsmith, has just come out of stealth.

AirWatch now has FedRAMP authority to operate. FedRAMP is a US government-wide intended to help agencies adopt cloud-based application. MaaS360 also has FedRAMP approval.

Interesting statistic: worldwide mobile and tablet internet usage has exceeded desktop traffic for the first time ever. Desktop traffic is still higher than mobile traffic in the US and many more developed markets, but if you’ve been wondering if this whole enterprise mobile enablement thing is real, well, here’s another data point.

Our Blog posts

Tim Mangan: Commentary: An update on Microsoft’s app strategy. Tim Mangan looks in depth at Universal Windows Platform apps, Windows Bridges, converting desktop apps, and App-V. You could think of this as the other half of his recent post, Can we get to a more secure desktop? A tour of all the new Microsoft security features.

Mike Nelson: Windows NanoServer: Welcome to the Mini-OS! Mike Nelson (MVP, CTP, vExpert, and BriForum speaker) gives us a full overview of NanoServer, the new version of Windows Server that will change the way we think about it.

Gabe: FSLogix adding Folder Redirection Containers to lineup that also supports network OSTs and Profiles. FSLogix is continuing to carve out features from its flagship Apps platform and sell them as standalone products. This is good for everyone, because their stuff solves problems we've dealt with for over a decade.

Thoughts of the week

Our freelance program is starting to ramp up—besides these posts by Tim and Mike, check out Theresa Miller’s post on the state of DaaS.

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