Microsoft Edge Gets a Competitive Upgrade

Dave Michels is a Contributing Editor and Analyst at TalkingPointz.Tags:News & ViewsChromiumGoogleMicrosoftbrowsersEdgeVendor StrategyAnalyst InsightMobilityPartner EcosystemTechnology TrendsWebRTC Articles You Might Like Earlier this month, Microsoft said it intends to adopt the Chromium open source project for the development of its Edge browser. More specifically, the rendering engine and Javascript system currently in Chrome will be adopted within Microsoft Edge. Many are stunned by this announcement, but, when you take a closer look, it’s consistent with many other recent changes at Microsoft. Well-known among communications professionals, Chrome was significantly ahead of Microsoft and Apple in supporting and driving WebRTC. Many believe that it was the lack of support from Apple and Microsoft that stifled WebRTC adoption for years. Chrome’s recent dominance has liberated WebRTC, as developers can now build just for Chrome and still address a mass market. Microsoft plays this up as a move toward open source, which is partially true. As WebRTC analyst Tsahi Levent-Levi explains, not all open source projects are the same. Since, he said, Chromium is a Google-owned open source project — hosted on a Google domain and managed and maintained by Google and Google tooling — when someone wants to contribute to Chromium, they need to go through a rigorous process that is controlled by Google and completed according to its own timeline. Despite these limitations, however, Edge will likely become a much more powerful browser for the Microsoft ecosystem. There are several potential reasons why Chrome became so popular. Initially, Chrome was simply faster than IE. The browser evolved to offer a much broader experience, with an ecosystem of applications available via extensions. Chrome synchronizes extensions, history, and preferences across user devices, allowing for the same experience regardless of which device is being used. Also, Chrome is available on all major operating systems, whereas Edge is only on Windows 10 and Safari is only supported on Apple devices. Also note that earlier this year, after a major company reorganization, for the first time in three decades Microsoft is without a Windows division. To be clear, neither Windows nor Edge are going away. Microsoft uses them to create an end-to-end experience for its best customers, but the days of forcing specific browsers and operating systems on its customers seem to be in the past. Ironically, Microsoft’s move to Chromium also legitimizes the Chromebook as an alternative to a Windows PC. It may not be able to run local Windows apps, but more and more apps are becoming webified. There’s little for Microsoft not to like about a compatible, cloud-dependent device. Genesys: Try This App for Free Dave Michels September 10, 2019 With single-click free trials for premium applications, Genesys is hoping to shake up the procurement model — lowering the barrier to test and buy software. Chrome_772.png Realistically, it’s time to move on from the browser battles, because that’s not what matters any more. Since Satya Nadella took the reigns as Microsoft CEO, the company has focused on Office 365 for enterprise workflows and Microsoft Azure for enterprise workloads. It’s this backdrop that likely motivated Microsoft to change its UC strategy from Skype for Business (SfB) to Teams some fifteen months ago. SfB merely supports workflow, whereas Teams is central to workflow in Office 365. The same pattern has happened with servers. When “Windows Azure” launched, it only supported Windows servers. Today, “Microsoft Azure” (renamed in 2014) has more Linux VMs than Windows. In fact, Microsoft loves Linux.  VC Firm Decibel to Give Cisco Innovation Sounding Board Zeus Kerravala March 26, 2019 This independent entity will focus on early state investments, giving Cisco view into the future of technology. Browser Wars: If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Join ‘Em Tom Brannen June 13, 2019 How Microsoft made the un-Microsoft like decision to partner with one of its biggest competitors. Rather than fighting them, Microsoft is increasingly supporting previously competitive technologies. One of the first things Nadella did as CEO was announce Microsoft Office for iOS. Soon after that, Microsoft terminated its own mobile OS initiative, and moved to embrace both Android and iOS. Those moves may have strengthened Android and iOS platforms, but they certainly strengthened Office 365. Microsoft likely views every connected user as a prospect for its cloud services. At first, Microsoft’s move to Chromium seemed like fake news, but the move is logical and consistent with the strategy Microsoft has been taking over the last several years. The ideas of adopting Chromium, killing Windows Phone, embracing both Linux and open source, and downplaying its own Windows OS have gone from blasphemous to strategic. The moves seem to be working. The future of computing is in the cloud, and Microsoft is now one of the most valuable companies in the world. Looking Back at the Browser BattlesIn 1995, Microsoft introduced Internet Explorer (IE) and bundled it with its Windows operating systems. IE beat out category leader and pioneer Netscape Navigator, and reached as high as 95% market share in 2003. In 2008, Google released its first version of the Chrome browser, which would overtake IE in market share just four years later. Microsoft Edge is Microsoft’s next-generation browser it released in 2016, now available for and bundled with Windows 10. Log in or register to post comments Skype on Chrome != End of the Web Tsahi Levent-Levi May 23, 2019 Microsoft’s move to bring Skype to the Web is a good sign of progress, and here’s why. Today, according to Statcounter, both Microsoft Edge and IE have relatively small market share. Chrome is the dominant browser at about 72% of desktops, Firefox is next at about 9%, and Microsoft Edge holds about 4% share. Chrome also leads in mobile browser market share, holding 53% of the market, followed by Safari at 22%. Microsoft’s AngleThe browser is critical to Microsoft, but with so little market share, it didn’t have many options. By adopting Chromium, Microsoft can reduce costs, increase interoperability, and focus its efforts on other elements to create a differentiated experience with Edge. The move also unshackles Edge from Windows 10, so Microsoft can now create Edge releases for all major operating systems. The Bifurcation of Genesys Sheila McGee-Smith September 18, 2019 Company restructures into cloud and core business units, bringing in industry luminary Barry O’Sullivan to lead the latter. See All in Vendor Strategy » Supporting the CompetitionMicrosoft technologies may still be at the heart of Microsoft, but they are no longer at the heart of how the world computes. Within desktops, Apple Macs have increased share in a shrinking market. But the bigger story is that mobile devices now represent a far larger ecosystem of users, devices, and apps. Many of these devices are connecting to back-end servers powered by Linux. read more

Enbridge seeks swift approval of 600mile Midwest oil pipeline pitches project at

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Enbridge seeks swift approval of 600-mile Midwest oil pipeline, pitches project at open houses by Alan Scher Zagier, The Associated Press Posted Jul 17, 2013 10:40 am MDT MARSHALL, Mo. – A Canadian company’s plan to build an oil pipeline that will stretch for hundreds of miles through the Midwest, including through many sensitive waterways, is quietly on the fast-track to approval — just not the one you’re thinking of.As the Keystone XL pipeline remains mired in the national debate over environmental safety and climate change, another company, Enbridge Inc. of Calgary, Alberta, is hoping to begin construction early next month on a 600-mile-long pipeline that would carry tar sands from Flanagan, Ill., about 100 miles southwest of Chicago, to the company’s terminal in Cushing, Okla. From there the company could move it through existing pipeline to Gulf Coast refineries.The company is seeking an expedited permit review by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for its Flanagan South pipeline, which would run parallel to another Enbridge route already in place. Unlike the Keystone project, which crosses an international border and requires State Department approval, the proposed pipeline has attracted little public attention — including among property owners living near the planned route.Enbridge says it wants to be a good neighbour to the communities the pipeline would pass through, and it has been touting the hundreds of short-term construction jobs it would create. The company also scheduled a series of “open houses” for this week in Missouri, Kansas and Illinois in which it invited the public to come discuss and learn about its plans.A session Tuesday in Marshall, 90 miles east of Kansas City, drew a handful of Sierra Club protesters armed with fliers denouncing what’s been called one of the country’s costliest oil spills. It also attracted local politicians, concerned landowners and prospective pipefitters looking for work.Enbridge responded with an array of free products, from tote bags and tape measures to cookies and key rings.Wayne McReynolds, one of the 60 people who stopped by the open house in Marshall, said he hoped to learn more about the company’s plans to prevent construction runoff from flooding valuable farmland. He said he left the event with only vague assurances, not specific answers.“You never put the soil back in the trench to the same extent it was taken out,” said McReynolds, a retired soil and conservation worker. “It can’t be done.”Mike Diel of Macon, Mo., said he’s had no luck getting Enbridge or the corps to give him specific details about the project, including a precise pipeline map and copies of emergency response plans.“We’re all worried about oil spills and the tar sands getting into the drinking water,” Diel said.“Until I know where the pipeline is going, how am I supposed to know what I’m supposed to be worried about?” he said.Enbridge spokeswoman Katie Lange said fears about the pipeline’s safety are overblown. She described routine aerial patrols of the pipeline and its seven pump stations and round-the-clock computer monitoring in Calgary that “can shut it down from just a touch of a button” if necessary.“Once the pipeline is in the ground, there’s a very rigorous and robust operations and maintenance program,” Lange said.But Sierra Club lawyer Doug Hayes said those assurances are insufficient, given recent history. A July 2010 rupture of an Enbridge pipeline in Michigan dumped an estimated 1 million gallons of the heavier diluted bitumen into the Kalamazoo River, a 35-mile portion of which remained closed to public access for two years. The U.S. Department of Transportation subsequently fined Enbridge $3.7 million.More recently, an ExxonMobil pipeline spill in Mayflower, Ark., led to the evacuation of 22 homes and further scrutiny of the long-distance transportation of tar sands oil, a denser substance that is more difficult to clean up.Lange confirmed that Enbridge is seeking regulatory approval under the Nationwide 12 permit process, which would mean the company wouldn’t be obligated to follow more rigorous Clean Water Act requirements such as public notification or lengthy environmental reviews. Those permits are limited to utility projects in which each water crossing disrupts no more than one-half acre of wetlands. The Flanagan South pipeline would cross the Missouri and Mississippi rivers as well as hundreds of smaller tributaries.“This is a 600-mile project that will clear everything in its path for a 100-foot right of way,” Hayes said. “And they’re treating it as thousands of separate, little projects.”The Sierra Club lawyer said the Army Corps rejected several Freedom of Information Act requests seeking more project details, citing an exemption for “deliberative process privilege” designed to protect internal decision-making.TransCanada of Calgary is also seeking Nationwide 12 status for the Keystone XL project, prompting the Sierra Club to file suit alleging violations of the Clean Water Act and the National Environmental Policy Act. Hayes declined to discuss whether the environmental group also plans a legal challenge to the Flanagan South project.A spokeswoman in the Army Corps’ Kansas City office on Tuesday referred questions about the project’s permit status to a regulatory colleague who did not respond.In western Illinois, local officials eagerly anticipate Enbridge’s arrival, said Kim Pierce, executive director of the Macomb Area Economic Development Commission. The company plans to build four pumping stations in the state, including one near Quincy along the Missouri border. In addition to the temporary construction jobs, the region can also expect a purchasing boost at area restaurants, hotels and in equipment sales, she said.“Come Saturday at quitting time, we can expect a lot of people out, relaxing and purchasing things,” she said. “We truly see this as an opportunity. You don’t always get that handed to you.”Count Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon among the project’s supporters. The two-term Democrat said in March 2012, when Enbridge announced its plans, that the company could add “thousands of jobs” to the state while also providing “a boost to America’s energy independence.”___Follow Alan Scher Zagier on Twitter at http://twitter.com/azagier read more

US mines complete safest year ever

first_img2015 was the safest year ever for American miners. Together, coal mines and metal/non-metal mines last year recorded the fewest fatalities in the history of American mining. Total mine fatalities were at the lowest number since 2009, the previous record year.The official figures, issued recently by the US Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), show 28 fatalities for all US mining in 2015. US minerals mining last year recorded 17 fatalities, while coal mining recorded 11 fatalities – the fewest ever for US coal mines.“We’re very gratified by this continued progress because it confirms the result of our commitment to make American mines the world’s safest,” said National Mining Association (NMA) President and CEO Hal Quinn. “The record confirms the value of our safety initiatives and our on-going determination to return every miner home safely after every shift.”One such initiative that has been especially successful in driving safety progress is NMA’s own CORESafety® framework, which aims to eliminate fatalities and reduce injury by 50% in five years (0:50:5). CORESafety offers a management system approach to mine safety, offering not a “top-down-one-size-fits-all” model but an adaptable and organic framework for operations of all sizes.For more information on NMA’s CORESafety program, visit our website at www.coresafety.org. For 2015 mine safety data, visit the Mine Safety and Health Administration website at www.msha.gov.Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health Joseph A. Main recently issued the following statement on the 10-year anniversary of the Sago mine disaster:“On January 2, 2006, at approximately 6:30 a.m., the Sago coal mine in Tallmansville, West Virginia, exploded with 29 miners underground. Although 16 successfully escaped, 12 miners lost their lives and one was seriously injured.“Two other disasters followed that year – the January 19 Aracoma Alma mine fire in West Virginia that killed two miners, and  the Darby mine explosion in Kentucky on May 20 that killed five miners.  All three of these fatalities were pivotal in the passage of the Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response (MINER) Act of 2006.“Among its provisions, the MINER Act called for the establishment of emergency response plans by every mine operator, better trained and more readily available mine rescue teams, enhanced technology to facilitate  two-way communication between surface and underground personnel, and stronger seals between active and abandoned areas. It also added post-mine emergency protections for miners, such as oxygen devices that are more accessible, refuge shelters and lifelines.“While the legislation put into place increased protections for miners, we know that our work is not done and more actions are needed. MSHA has been working hard to address the lessons learned from Sago and other mining tragedies to ensure that all miners can put in their shift and return home to their loved ones safe and healthy. We will never forget our fallen miners, and on this 10th anniversary of the Sago mine disaster, we pledge our continued efforts to eliminate these needless tragedies.”last_img read more