A Microsoft program manager has caused a stir on Twitter over the weekend by suggesting that Firefox-maker Mozilla should give up on its own rendering engine and move on with Chromium. "Thought: It's time for @mozilla to get down from their philosophical ivory tower. The web is dominated by Chromium, if they really 'cared' about the web, they would be contributing instead of building a parallel universe that's used by less than five percent?" wrote Kenneth Auchenberg, who builds web developer tools for Microsoft's Visual Studio Code. Auchenberg's post referred to Mozilla's response to Microsoft's announcement in December that it would scrap Edge's EdgeHTML rendering engine for Chromium's. The move will leave Firefox's Gecko engine as the only alternative to Chromium, which is used by Opera and dozens of other browsers. Mozilla CEO Chris Beard said at the time Microsoft's decision will give Google more power to "single-handedly" determine how people use … [Read more...] about Microsoft guy: Mozilla should give up on Firefox and go with Chromium too
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As computing has grown beyond sedentary desktop contexts to include mobile, touch and handheld computing, 2-in-1s defined by Microsoft's Surface Pro have grown in popularity. In 2013, Surface Pro brought full desktop computing to a mobile form factor that could be a tablet. Surface also popularized the much-emulated pen input modality via OneNote and Windows Ink. Keyboard, mouse, touch, gaze and voice navigation (via Cortana) round out an array of Windows 10 input modalities that conform to different device states and user contexts. Surface can also transition with users throughout the day (supported by Microsoft's cloud and Surface Headphones as computing becomes a continuum of work and personal life. It is against this comprehensive hardware, software, cloud, and accessory Surface strategy that Google launched its Pixel Slate productivity and leisure strategy. Google's plan has advantages that should concern Microsoft. Not quite all things to all users Surface Pro launched as the … [Read more...] about With Pixel Slate, Google sets sights on Microsoft’s Surface Pro
As it is doing with Exchange, SharePoint and Skype for Business, Microsoft is readying another new on-premises version of its BizTalk integration server.BizTalk is Microsoft's application-integration server with an installed base of thousands of enterprise users. The server includes more than dozens of adapters for connecting systems inside and outside a customer's organization. The coming BizTalk Server "vNext" will be generally available "within roughly 9 months of the general availability of Windows Server 2019," the team announced on August 9 on its blog. Windows Server 2019 is expected to begin rolling out around October or so this year, from what we've heard, meaning the next BizTalk Server release should be in the latter half of 2019.BizTalk Server vNext will include all previously released feature packs; platform support for the newest versions of Windows Server, SQL Server and Visual Studio; and an upgrade path from BizTalk Server 2013 R2 and BizTalk Server 2016, officials … [Read more...] about What’s next for Microsoft’s BizTalk integration server, services
Jun 18, 1:57 AM EDT Newsletter Signup BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury Technology By Keith Noonan 06/18/18 AT 12:50 AM The Electronics Entertainment Expo, or E3 for short, is the world's biggest video game trade show and is hosted every year to give industry watchers a look at what's on the horizon. As direct competitors in the console platform and software publishing spaces courting largely similar demographics, Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) and Sony (NYSE:SNE) are often compared to each other.This article originally appeared in the Motley Fool.Putting on the best E3 conference isn't always a harbinger of overall success, but what's spotlighted at the trade show and how it's presented sometimes have a significant impact on the progression of the industry and each company's respective performance. So, who had the better show?Microsoft conference recapMicrosoft kicked off its 2018 Xbox E3 conference with a teaser for Halo: Infinite, the … [Read more...] about Sony vs. Microsoft: Who Won E3 2018?
Google's Chrome browser is now built using the Clang compiler on Windows. Previously built using the Microsoft C++ compiler, Google is now using the same compiler for Windows, macOS, Linux, and Android, and the switch makes Chrome arguably the first major software project to use Clang on Windows. Chrome on macOS and Linux has long been built using the Clang compiler and the LLVM toolchain. The open-source compiler is the compiler of choice on macOS, making it the natural option there, and it's also a first-class choice for Linux; though the venerable GCC is still the primary compiler choice on Linux, by using Clang instead, Google ensured that it has only one set of compiler quirks and oddities to work with rather than two. But Chrome on Windows has instead used Microsoft's Visual C++ compiler. The Visual C++ compiler is the best-supported, most widely used compiler on Windows and, critically, is the compiler with the best support for Windows' wide range of debugging and diagnostic … [Read more...] about Chrome on Windows ditches Microsoft’s compiler, now uses Clang