The Friday notebook - October 21, 2016

Here's all the stories that Gabe and Jack were following this week.

Here’s what happened and what was interesting in the enterprise mobility and end user computing space in the week leading up to October 21, 2016.


VMware announced that they are building a Skype for Business plugin for Horizon. It’s very early, and you can expect to see a tech preview in Q1 2017. Adding Skype for Business support could draw VMware even with Citrix when it comes to major feature comparisons, however Citrix did a lot more than just allow point-to-point Skype for Business connections. We’ll have to stay tuned to see exactly what VMware is working on.

There were several other EUC announcements at VMworld Europe:

  • There’s a new Workspace One SKU, Workspace One Essentials, featuring the app catalogue, SSO, MfA, and analytics.
  • Workspace One will integration with f5 BIG-IP for SSO to on-premises legacy apps.
  • VMware talked about how they can protect Office 365 Mobile apps. They have to work around certain restrictions from Microsoft, but thanks to identity management and OS-based MAM features, there’s a lot they can do.

The Jamf Nation User Conference was this week. Jamf has more than 9,000 customers now, up from about 5,800 last year. IBM gave an interesting presentation about their internal Mac rollout. (They’re up to 90,000 of them now, and it turns out Macs save them money.) The main Jamf announcements are here.

Workspot raised another $6.2mm in funding. We awarded Workspot the Best of VMworld 2016 award in the Desktop Virtualization & Mobility category because we think their combination of cloud-managed VDI and a mobile workspace is a compelling alternative for small to medium complexity environments.

Soti released MobiControl 13.2, with an updated content app and a new enterprise browser, as well as support for Android for Work on Android 7.0.

We don’t usually cover quarterly earnings announcements, but Citrix had a good Q3.

Our blog posts

Jack: Our look at EFSS in 2016 continues with Egnyte

Jack: Appdome wants to simplify MAM (and more) by taking care of all your SDK integrations automatically

Gabe: At what point do we say that VMware has drawn even with Citrix?

Thoughts of the week

New hardware is coming next week: Microsoft is having an event on Wednesday (probably for new Surfaces), and Apple is having an event on Thursday (probably for new Macs).

Next week Jack is heading to the Tanium user conference. Tanium is the company VMware partnered with for VMware TrustPoint.

If you’re in DC or Minneapolis, Gabe and I are coming your way for evening events on November 17 and December 6, respectively. (There will be free beer.)

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