It was a busy week at VMware – executives released new details about the company’s vision for Business Mobility and introduced new solutions and partnerships. In other news, the Apple Watch hit the shelves in Apple Stores, and rumors swirled about potential updates coming to the Apple Watch 2. BlackBerry, Microsoft and Uber also made headlines this week – read on below for a full recap of this week’s top tech and mobile news.
- Earlier this week, VMware held its Business Mobility event (watch the full playback here). Significant announcements included the launch of VMware Identity Manager, new partner additions to the App Configuration for Enterprise (ACE) network and a deeper commitment between VMware and Apple. For a quick summary of all the news and announcements, watch this video interview with Noah Wasmer, vice president of product management at VMware.
- If you’ve been coveting your office-mate’s Apple Watch, you won’t have to wait for 7-day shipping anymore – the Apple Watch is now available for purchase in Apple Stores. Those who were waiting to buy the device in stores may want to keep waiting, though. Popular Apple-centric website 9to5mac.com reports that, “According to multiple sources familiar with Apple’s plans, the Apple Watch 2 is set to gain a video camera, a new wireless system for greater iPhone independence and new premium-priced models.”
- IDC published its “IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Virtual Client Computing Software 2015 Vendor Assessment” report and named VMware as a Leader. VMware was recognized as having the most complete strategy and solution capabilities for delivering virtual desktops and applications through its VMware Horizon portfolio of solutions and services. Robert Young, research manager at IDC sums it up well: “VMware’s position reflects the company’s market position and commitment to providing resources to expand its EUC product portfolio and infrastructure.”
- The California Labor Commissioner’s Office ruled in favor of an Uber driver this week, saying that she should be classified as an Uber employee and receive reimbursements for more than $4,000 in expenses. Uber plans to appeal the decision and argues that its workers should be considered contractors who use their own resources to provide services to the public. The debate has important implications for how we define employment in a 21st-century world that increasingly relies on apps and mobile services.
- BlackBerry was at the top of the rumor mill this week, with speculations about a collaboration between BlackBerry and Samsung running rampant. According to Russian blogger Eldar Murtazin, there could potentially be a new Samsung/BlackBerry smartphone on the market later this year that combines Android Lollipop and BlackBerry services.
- Microsoft announced on Wednesday the departure of four of its top-level executives. The New York Times reports that this is the biggest organizational shakeup the company has experienced under CEO Satya Nadella and that “Mr. Nadella’s decision to merge several groups into others effectively left a handful of Microsoft executives without clear roles.” Read the full email from Nadella to all Microsoft employees here.