Google makes it easier to have Android in the workplace

November 3, 2010
Google to enable remote security control for Android 2.2 devices
ZD Net
Matthew Miller shares what Google’s doing to make it easier to have Android in the workplace.

“I have heard from lots of people that they are concerned about security on their Android devices, but it looks like Google is taking this concern seriously and will soon be offering a method for IT managers to have some control over Android devices in the workplace. The upcoming Google Apps Device Policy application will enable authorized company personnel to provide secure management and sync control over Android 2.2 devices. The great thing is that this device management can occur from within a web browser so no dedicated server is needed.”

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Survey: Half of IT pros who use XP won’t give it up
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David Meyer shares some data around Windows XP users.

“Many IT professionals intend to carry on using Windows XP even after extended support for the venerable operating system ends in 2014, according to a survey. The survey, carried out by Dimension Consulting on behalf of Dell’s Kace systems management appliance business and published in October, quoted 48 per cent of respondents as saying they would continue to use XP without support, while 47 per cent said they would upgrade when support for XP is discontinued – after 8 April 2014, no further security updates will be issued for the OS.”

Can MSPs Profit From Mobile Device Management?
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Joe Panettieri questions the mobile device management space and where MSPs fit in.

“Can MSPs truly profit from mobile device management? And if so how? … What’s my view? Frankly, I don’t have a firm answer. But I do know this: Even Microsoft is finally conceding that we’re entering a post-PC world. Think about that for a minute: For more than two decades, former Microsoft CEO Bill Gates talked about a PC on every desktop and a PC in every home. That vision was perfect for MSPs focused on PC-centric support. But will that model hold up as customers increasingly embrace to new form factors like tablets?”

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