The Friday notebook - October 7, 2016

Everything from the week, all in one place!

Here’s what happened and what was interesting in the enterprise mobility and end user computing space in the week leading up to October 7, 2016.


VMware AirWatch Connect was this week in Atlanta. Here’s a list of their announcements: (Jack’s full thoughts and analysis are coming on Monday.)

Powwow is joining the App Config Community.

Symantec is now part of the VMware Mobile Security Alliance. The MSA is about using APIs to get security data from partners into AirWatch, and to get device data from AirWatch to partners.

BlackBerry clarified what's happening with their smartphone business. Even though they’re not manufacturing them, there will still be various BlackBerry devices around. The question is still whether or not they’re going to market these heavily to the enterprise.

Brad Anderson wrote a post providing more details about the Microsoft and Lookout partnership. Lookout does mobile threat detection. While as recently as this May I wrote that the enterprise is still undecided about the role of mobile threat detection, in the last few months there’s been a lot more action, especially after Trident/Pegasus. According to Gartner (in a report released before Trident/Pegasus), fewer than 5% of organizations have mobile threat defense in place today; fewer than 15% will have it by 2018.

More Azure Active Directory features going GA: Conditional access for iOS, Android, and Windows; and Information Protection.

As the rumors said at VMworld, Nutanix’s acquisitions of and PernixData were the last pieces they needed to take the leap to an IPO. Last Friday, NTNX debuted on NASDAQ and ended the day with a $5bn valuation, 130% of their previous valuation. Wall Street likes hyperconvergence.

nComputing is back on the scene after falling into IT company limbo for a while. They released vSpace 10, which runs on Windows MultiPoint server. They’re also still making thin clients, both for vSpace and for Citrix environments.

XenMobile 10.4 is coming soon. Features are said to include app branding capabilities, email-based MAM enrollment, support for Windows 10 Universal apps, and an untrusted developer certification message.

Blog posts

Jack: AirWatch Keynote Live Blogs.

Tim Mangan: Can we get to a more secure desktop? A tour of all the new Microsoft security features.

Gabe: Check out our upcoming After Hours events.

Thoughts of the week

We learned more about AirWatch UEM for Windows 10 this week: They built quite a bit of new functionality directly into AirWatch, specifically around patching and software distribution. This is in addition to App Volumes for some app packaging, and the Windows 10 MDM APIs. VMware TrustPoint (Tanium) is a separate add-on, which is mostly responsible for security.

Jack is starting a test of the HP Elite x3: It’s a 6 inch phone that runs Windows 10, comes with a desktop dock, and supports Continuum mode. Could this be the nirvana phone that works? Time to find out.

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