Six ways Windows 10 is changing the enterprise

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Here at VMware AirWatch, we are incredibly excited about the transformative power of mobility and the cloud for businesses large and small. Over the years, we have had the opportunity and privilege of supporting and guiding our customers across many industry verticals on their mobile adoption journeys. In doing so, we collaborate with technology leaders, including Microsoft, to...

By VMware AirWatch, 10 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft.

Why AppConfig represents take two in solving a vital enterprise app problem

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Analysis The AppConfig Community, an initiative founded by AirWatch VMware, IBM, JAMF Software and MobileIron to foster easier development and deployment of enterprise apps through native OS frameworks and best practices, represents the second attempt in achieving a key breakthrough for the enterprise mobile industry – from the vendor, developer and customer side.

The four enterprise...

By James Bourne, 04 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Development, Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft.

Microsoft job ad focuses on “millions” of enterprise Windows Mobile OS devices

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Microsoft’s strategy around enterprise mobile continues to ramp up around collaboration and identity – yet perhaps surprisingly the device play is still a priority, according to a program manager job posting spotted on the Microsoft Careers site.

“Productivity and enterprise-grade security are key differentiators of Windows Mobile OS,” the ad reads....

By James Bourne, 15 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft.

The enterprise guide to Windows Server 2016 preparation

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As we move through the first weeks of 2016, the general availability of Windows Server 2016 edges ever closer. Having seen the fourth Technical Preview for 2016 launch in November, I would estimate a general availability launch of late Q1, or very early Q2.

From what we have seen in Technical Preview 4 and heard from industry experts, the new server operating system is set to build on the successes of Windows Server 2012. You can expect...

By Ed Jones, 19 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud , Development, Microsoft.

Microsoft argues “accelerating and unprecedented” Windows 10 enterprise demand

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Microsoft’s play in the mobile enterprise will be one which executives and analysts will be keeping a close eye on in 2016; and the Redmond giant has opened the year with updated numbers on Windows 10 uptake featuring “unprecedented” demand among enterprise and education customers.

In a company blog post, senior vice president Yusuf Mehdi said more...

By James Bourne, 05 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft.

Microsoft puts up shutters to stop rogue enterprise apps

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Microsoft has announced the availability of a new opt-in which claims to stop potentially unwanted applications (PUAs), such as adware from seemingly harmless software bundles, in their tracks.

Enterprise Windows users running System Center Endpoint Protection or Forefront Endpoint Protection will have PUAs blocked at download and install time, according to a company blog post.

The Redmond giant also outlined a series of best practice tips for rolling out PUA protection. Companies need...

By James Bourne, 03 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Malware, Microsoft, Security.

Windows 10 slated for record enterprise adoption, says Gartner

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Gartner projects that half of all enterprises will have initiated Windows 10 deployments by January 2017, adding that the operating system is slated for record adoption, finishing ahead of Windows XP and Windows 7.

Several enterprises are planning to initiate pilots for Windows 10 in the first half of 2016 and will expand deployments in the second half of the year, according to the research firm.

Gartner research vice president Steve Kleynhans said: “In the consumer...

By Enterprise CIO, 26 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft.

Good Technology moves EMM products to Windows

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Good Technology has announced the expansion of its enterprise mobility management (EMM) solution to Windows, citing the release of Windows 10 and the blurred line between laptops and tablets.

The move includes email application Good Work and secure browser Good Access supporting Windows 8.1 and later. “As the diversity of endpoint computing platforms continues to increase, enterprise customers demand the ability to deploy and manage new devices rapidly with government...

By James Bourne, 20 October 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft, Security.

The fight for the digital workplace: Microsoft’s resurgence

Over the past decade, Apple has managed to do the seemingly impossible: conquer the enterprise market while largely ignoring it. Steve Jobs focused all of his attention on the consumer, reasoning that if he succeeded there, Apple customers would bring their devices to work. Jobs was right, and iOS claimed 73% of the mobile enterprise market less than two years ago. Apple’s iPad dominance went a step further, making up 91.4% of the enterprise tablet market.

However, after the initial surge in popularity,...

By David Lavenda, 08 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft.

New solution manages emails in SharePoint for greater business productivity

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To paraphrase a well known saying; Outlook is Outlook, and SharePoint is SharePoint – and never the twain shall meet. Yet a new solution announced by collaboration provider harmon.ie aims to change this traditional setting.

The company is aiming, through what it calls a Digital Workforce Innovator, to utilise drag and drop functionality and keep everything efficiently in one place. The concept is simple. While plenty of emails sent are quick, single line affairs, in other cases...

By James Bourne, 16 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Microsoft, Productivity.

The empire strikes back: Microsoft’s mobile strategy - will Cortana usurp Google Now?

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I was interested recently to see that Microsoft’s Cortana personal assistant can replace Google Now in Android beta test versions. Google originally created Android as a defensive move so that it couldn’t be frozen out of mobile by Apple or Microsoft, so while today this sounds like a hobbyist project, the possibility of Microsoft replacing Google services in Android shouldn’t be dismissed lightly.

The world has moved on from the days when Google was afraid of Windows...

By David Akka, 25 August 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft.

Windows 10: The acceleration into a mobile-dominant enterprise architecture

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As Microsoft pushed through its staged rollout of Windows 10, beginning at 0500 BST today, many in the mobile enterprise see it as a milestone for greater productivity and efficiency.

Naturally, enterprise mobility management (EMM) providers are falling over themselves to provide support for the nascent ‘Windows as a Service’ OS straight out of the box. But should organisations jump in?

Noah Wasmer, end user computing CTO and VP product management at VMware, notes enterprise buy-in is...

By James Bourne, 29 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, App Platforms, Enterprise Mobility, Identity, Microsoft.

VMware’s business mobility vision becomes clearer – with Microsoft in its sights

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Analysis Earlier this week, VMware set out its vision for enterprise mobility at its virtual Business Mobility event.

“For years, businesses have struggled to address the proliferation of mobile devices, playing defence against employee with their own devices and customers with mobile-driven expectations,” a statement reads. “Fundamentally, every...

By James Bourne, 16 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, Identity, Microsoft.

Gartner’s latest EMM Magic Quadrant: The leader, the visionary, and the niche player view

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Analyst house Gartner has released its latest enterprise mobility management (EMM) Magic Quadrant, with not much difference on the surface to the 2014 iteration but a few more subtle changes.

The EMM quadrant – which was changed from mobile device management (MDM) in 2014 to reflect the changing landscape – still has the same five players as its leaders; AirWatch by VMware, MobileIron, Citrix, IBM and Good Technology. Yet small changes within the top right square are...

By James Bourne, 10 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, MDM, Microsoft, Research.

Good pumps out latest Good Work updates, pushes for greater mobile document editing

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Enterprise mobility management (EMM) provider Good Technology has announced updates to its Good Work email application, allowing users to view and edit Microsoft Office attachments on mobile devices.

The updates enable users to open Microsoft Office documents from within an email, view them with the same experience as on PCs and laptops, and edit the document online through Microsoft Office Web Apps.

It was an issue EMEA general manager Phil Barnett touched upon

By James Bourne, 21 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft.

Office 365 enterprise usage increasing, but security fears increase with it

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Organisations are using Office 365 more and more for its collaborative effects, but concerns still remain about its security. That’s the latest findings from Cryptzone in a report on enterprise collaboration.

The report, conducted in conjunction with TechValidate, saw that SharePoint Online adoption is also growing, but not at the same clip as Office 365. The survey, of more than 100 IT professionals, saw a broad usage of Office 365 applications, including Office (44%), Exchange...

By James Bourne, 06 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud , Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft.

Microsoft promises ‘next chapter in enterprise mobility’ at Ignite event

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Remember the Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS)? Among the announcements back in March last year of Office 365 being made available on iPads, Microsoft’s play in a fully functioning enterprise mobility solution was hidden under the fanfare.

With that in mind, Microsoft announced a string of new enterprise-flavoured products at its Ignite event, with EMS as the poster child for this change. Here’s what Redmond has announced on the enterprise...

By James Bourne, 05 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud , Enterprise Mobility, MAM, MDM, Microsoft.

The state of mobile Office 365 usage in the workplace – and what it means for SharePoint

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Mobile Office 365 usage is growing steadily among Microsoft enterprise collaboration product users, according to a new piece of research from harmon.ie.

24% of harmon.ie mobile users are now using mobile Office 365 in the cloud, compared to 18% six months ago. Not surprisingly, the most popular activity conducted by business users on mobile devices was online and offline document access, according to 81% of the vote. 7% most frequently use their mobile devices to add a SharePoint...

By James Bourne, 09 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft, Productivity.

Goodbye Lync, hello Skype for Business: The ramifications for enterprise collaboration

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Updated Microsoft is serious about making work seamless. Five months after it was originally announced, Microsoft is officially rebranding Lync as Skype for Business.

The reasoning is simple. “We want to bring together the well-loved, familiar experience of Skype with the enterprise security, compliance and control that businesses expect from Microsoft,” a Skype blog post explains. A technical preview is already available,...

By James Bourne, 17 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft.