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ICYMI: Our Channel News Roundup for the Week of November 7th

A smattering of stories from Microsoft, Nutanix, Dell EMC, and outer space were the among the few noteworthy stories we didn’t get around to during a week in which we miraculously managed to cover most of what you need to know for a change! By Rich Freeman

Good news for us! There’s no need for a new ICYMI post this week, because we covered everything that happened in the SMB channel, from SYNNEX’s new security and wireless networking solutions to the new NOC services, UI, and product names ConnectWise unveiled at its IT Nation conference to…well, everything else.

itopia Cloud Workspace AppOK, smarty-pants, maybe we didn’t report everything worth knowing about at IT Nation. Because we neglected to share the news that itopia used the show as a launching pad for a new mobile app that lets channel pros manage cloud-based workspaces on the go.

Power BI mobile app interfaceAnd come to think of it, Microsoft broke some news this week too. Assuming, of course, you consider it news that:

  • The new release of Citrix ShareFile will utilize the Windows Hello and Windows Information Protection security features in Windows 10.
  • A feature pack for SharePoint Server 2016 with new administrative logging functionality, an enhanced OneDrive for Business experience, custom tiles in the SharePoint app launcher, and more is now available.
  • Several updates to Microsoft’s Power BI mobile apps, including a streamlined navigation process (pictured), more descriptive notifications, and new report filtering options, have shipped too.
  • New in-memory technologies capable of processing 75,000 transactions a second are now generally available to Azure SQL Database subscribers in the Premium database tier.

Parallels Mac ManagementAnd that’s a wrap! Except, I suppose, for these stories:

Detecting a theme here? Because closer inspection reveals several other vendor announcements that somehow slipped our grasp. For instance:

This week’s stats ticker:

Space VoterWhen this guy says he voted absentee…he really, really means it. The guy in question is astronaut Shane Kimbrough, who filed his ballot for Tuesday’s election from aboard the International Space Station, as did fellow astronaut Kate Rubins several days before him. Like most other NASA personnel, Kimbrough and Rubins both call Houston home, and Texas has had a law on the books since 1997 allowing astronauts to vote from space. Who knew?

Wondering how the voting process works, given that the Postal Service doesn’t drop by to pick up outgoing snail mail terribly often? Apparently there’s encrypted email involved, as well as an Earth-bound county clerk who transfers the astronaut’s choices by hand onto a paper ballot. Which is certainly an unusual way to participate in the democratic process, but perhaps no less odd than casting a ballot at one of these places.

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Rich Freeman is ChannelPro's Executive Editor

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