Microsoft is planning an update for Chromium-based browsers that should make Chrome run a little smoother for users.
Redmond keeps us hanging with on-premises Exchange flaw still to be fixed Patch Tuesday Microsoft on Tuesday released updates addressing 83 vulnerabilities in its software, which doesn't include the 13 flaws fixed in its Edge browser last week.…
Microsoft’s Chromium-based Edge has rapidly replaced the old EdgeHTML-based browser across Windows. It’s an important piece of the Windows platform, offering modern Web content and browser APIs delivered on a six-week cycle outside of the standard semiannual Windows updates. As well as the new WebUI 2 Windows controls, Edge is the host for a new generation of progressive Web apps, installed on the desktop and in your Start menu and running outside the traditional browser context.Using PWAs to bridge the app gap
PWAs are an important tool for delivering modern desktop applications quickly across a varied Windows estate. The Chromium-based Edge releases support more than Windows 10, following Google’s support lifecycle and offering versions on macOS, Linux, and back as far as Windows 7. A PWA written to run in Edge will work across a broad set of different devices, reducing your support load and allowing apps to update as necessary, without user intervention.To read this article in full, please click here
Distributes it in self-updating Evergreen flavour and Fixed for people who hate surprises Fans of Microsoft's dancing developer goalposts will be delighted to learn that its latest crack at a web control, WebView2, has been declared fit for production.…
Microsoft has launched a public preview of "Microsoft Defender Application Guard for Office," a defensive technology that quarantines untrusted Office documents so that attack code carried by malicious files can't reach the operating system or its applications.On Monday, a senior cybersecurity engineer with the Redmond, Wash. company explained how Application Guard for Office worked and more importantly, walked customers through its operationm – something that existing documentation omitted when the public preview was launched late last month.[ Related: 10 productivity-boosting apps for Microsoft Teams ]
"Microsoft Office will open files from potentially unsafe locations in Microsoft Defender Application Guard, a secure container, that is isolated from the device through hardware-based virtualization," John Barbare wrote in a post to a Microsoft blog. "When Microsoft Office opens files in Microsoft Defender Application Guard, a user can then securely read, edit, print, and save the files without having to re-open files outside of the container."To read this article in full, please click here
Much of the code we write these days depends on the web. After all, why develop a new protocol when you can add a custom payload to HTTP? There’s no need to create a new layer in the networking stack when there’s already one that’s extensible, flexible, and secure. Instead we can take advantage of the GET and POST functions in HTTP and work with RESTful APIs.Yes, that’s oversimplifying, but in practice very few occasions demand something completely new. HTTP is a simplification, yes, but it’s also an obfuscation. If everything we use is HTTP under the hood, how do we build testing and development tools that can work with those APIs?
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Although the Open API Initiative and other approaches go a long way to codifying how we describe and implement HTTP-based APIs, we’re usually left cobbling together a mix of different tools to build and test our API calls. Postman is probably the most popular and most familiar tool out there, but it’s separate from both our development environments and our browsers, making it hard to be sure that we’re designing and testing HTTP calls in the context of our applications.To read this article in full, please click here
We've got a year to say goodbye.
Opinion: Microsoft’s involvement in the Chromium project has made Google’s Chrome browser better than ever.
Day after termination of Windows 7 supportIgnite Less than a year after it emerged that EdgeHTML was for the chop, Microsoft has delivered a Release Candidate of its shiny new Chromium-based browser.It is, of course, still called Edge, but features an icon the Windows giant hopes will open up clear blue water between its new baby and the old days of Internet Explorer.The original Edge, of course, rarely troubled the browser usage tables, even at its peak.The Release Candidate (for Windows and macOS) coincided with Microsoft's Florida Ignite shindig and arrived days after the software behemoth had challenged the faithful to a series of puzzles leading to the unveiling of the still-looks-a-bit-like-an-e logo.Of course, this is just a Release Candidate based on Edge 79 and there are likely to be more fixes before things are locked down ahead of a 15 January 2020 release to the public.
Microsoft’s switch to a new Chromium-based version of Edge is well underway.The company has been offering Edge Insiders access to weekly Developer and daily Canary builds of the new browser for several months, and recently unveiled a more stable beta channel build, updated every six weeks, aimed primarily at end-users.It’s a well-though-out approach that signals a stable release sometime at the end of 2019 or the beginning of 2020.Changing out your application’s browser controlsThe change is significant in many ways: most importantly a separation of browser and operating system.That link between the two had allowed the original EdgeHTML-powered version of Edge to slip behind its competitors, as it could only get significant updates twice a year, with Windows’ updates.
Microsoft has launched a bug bounty program for Chromium Edge, with security starting to become an even more important aspect as the web browser moves closer to its first official release.Microsoft worked Edge through a major overhaul, dropping EdgeHTML in favor of the open-source Chromium engine that also serves as the foundation for Google’s Chrome web browser.To allow the Chromium Edge to keep up with competition, the browsers needs to be proven safe and secure.The Microsoft Edge Insider Bounty Program is inviting cybersecurity experts across the world to identify vulnerabilities in the Chromium Edge browser, with rewards ranging from $1,000 to $30,000 depending on the severity and impact of the bug.The bug bounty program is seeking vulnerabilities that are only found on Chromium Edge and not in any other browser based on the same engine.Microsoft gave bounty hunters starting points to look for bugs by pointing out features that are unique to its new browser.
Having finally pushed out the first Beta preview of its Chromium-based browser, Microsoft has launched a bounty programme aimed at getting researchers to kick the tyres on its latest and greatest.Up to $30k is available to researchers who find what Microsoft deems "critical and important" vulnerabilities in the Beta and Dev channels of Chromium Edge.The Canary channel is excluded because, well, it seems hardly fair to poke holes in daily builds that are, by definition, not fit for public consumption.Interestingly, up to $15k is available to anyone who discovers critical remote code execution and "design issues" in the original EdgeHTML version still lurking in the Slow Ring of the Windows 10 Insider Preview.Just think, if a few dozen researchers are lured by that $15k, it could double the not-just-downloading-Chrome usage of old Edge overnight.Snark aside, Microsoft really wants researchers to start thumping Chromium Edge, and has stated that a 2X multiplier is available via the Researcher Recognition Program and the company will pay out as soon the reproduction and assessment has been completed of each submission.
Edge dies a death of a thousand cuts as Microsoft switches to ChromiumOne of the most important ways that Microsoft wants to make the new Chromium-based Edge different from the current EdgeHTML-based Edge is in its support for other platforms.The original Edge was, for no good reason, tied to Windows 10, meaning that Web developers on platforms such as Windows 7 or macOS had no way of testing how their pages looked, short of firing up a Windows 10 virtual machine.The new browser is, in contrast, a cross-platform affair.The first preview builds were published for Windows 10, with versions for Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 promised soon; today, these are joined by builds for macOS.The macOS version resembles the Windows 10 builds that we've seen so far, but it isn't identical.
Microsoft is rebuilding its Edge browser using the same Chromium foundation blocks that sit underneath Chrome, and thanks to this week’s Build 2019 conference, we now know a lot more about what the revamped browser has to offer.As we’ve explained in more detail elsewhere, browser engines handle the nuts and bolts of converting website code into actual websites, and Chrome, Safari, and Firefox all use different engines.Ditching the EdgeHTML engine and switching to Blink means web developers don’t need to worry about getting sites working in Chrome and Edge, which in turn means Edge will just work.As a bonus, it gives Edge 2.0 (as Microsoft isn’t calling it) access to Chrome’s vast extension library.Take a look down the list, and you’ll see this is Microsoft’s rodeo: Google Pay and Google Now are left out of course, and hooks into Chrome OS, Google Maps, Google’s DNS service, Android password sync, Google Cloud Print, and Google Drive are left behind.That means Microsoft Edge is coming to macOS to give you another, Microsoft-flavoured alternative to Safari for your browser of choice on Apple computers.
On Monday, while many of us dissect the latest episode of Game of Thrones, thousands of developers will convene in Seattle to talk about all things Microsoft at its annual Build conference.The company has rapidly shifted over the last few years, investing more in more in its cloud platform, Azure, which is a competitor to Amazon’s beastly AWS.Microsoft has always been a software company, and though a gigantic mass of humanity still uses Windows daily, the company has bet its future on a cloud platform most people wouldn’t recognise by name.We know that it’s a developer conference and not the venue for product launches, but as we’ve seen with Google and Apple, the updates from a developer conference often reflect a company’s vision for the future people experience.Maybe this will be the year of Windows Phone’s rebirth, or the dual-screen Andromeda, or maybe there will be an announcement around HoloLens and hints about its future as a realistic consumer product.Yet instead of cool hardware, this cloud-focused company gives us weird Orwellian tech demos and an announcement of the Bash shell coming to Windows 10.
"Chromium-Edge" can support Netflix in 4kAs we previously reported, the next version of Microsoft's browser Edge that is based on Chromium, the same engine that is used by, inter alia, Chrome and Opera.the Latest news is that the new version of Edge support for both Widevine and copy protection Playready DRM.Since the new version of Edge will be released also for the Mac OS it will be finally possible for Mac users to watch Netflix in 4k resolution.Early pictures show how the Chromium version of the Microsoft Edge can see outAt the end of last year överraskadeMicrosoft by revealing that the development of the browser Edge will be put down, or rather edgehtml-engine it is based on.
Microsoft has practically admitted defeat in the browser space.After decades of its Internet Explorer dominating the Web browser market, IE has become synonymous to malware and bloat.It tried to do a redo with Microsoft Edge but it has failed to even make a dent.Its last-ditch effort gives a nod to Google by building Edge on top of the open source Chromium browser.That version seems to have suddenly leaked online way before Microsoft can even a public preview for it.To be clear, Microsoft isn’t simply rebranding Google Chrome and calling it Microsoft Edge.
One of the greatest fears when Microsoft announced that it was ditching its EdgeHTML rendering engine and switching to Chromium—the open source engine that powers Google's Chrome, along with a range of others such as Vivaldi, Brave, and Opera—is that Web developers would increasingly take the easy way out and limit their support and testing to Chrome.That would leave Mozilla's Firefox, Apple's Safari, and any other browsers, present or future, out of the fun.Microsoft's browser grew to about 95 percent of the market, and wide swathes of the Web proudly announced that they were "best viewed in Internet Explorer," often to the point of not working at all in any other browser.Though Internet Explorer was eventually displaced—by Chrome—this arguably would have gone much quicker if developers had been less fixated on Microsoft's browser.Last week, Microsoft made a major update to the Web version of its Skype client, bringing HD video calling, call recording, and other features already found on the other clients.In the past, the Skype team has pointed to codec issues as the reason for inconsistent browser support.
It seemed incredible, but Microsoft quickly confirmed the report.Since Chromium is open source, and Microsoft isn’t in the habit of charging for a browser download anyway, it’s safe to say that there’s no cost associated with this project.However, Kyle Alden, the Edge project manager, has reported that they, “Can’t commit to a specific timing just yet.” That indicates there’s still some work to be done on the project, and a possibility that you’ll have to wait beyond June 2019 for a full release.As for UI, Microsoft hasn’t released any specific content showcasing the new browser yet, so no one really knows how it looks.They will certainly want to differentiate it from Chrome, and probably from Edge as well, but until Microsoft announces or leaks a first look, you’ll have to use your imagination.According to the very first reports on the project from Windows Central, the Chromium browser project was developed under the codename “Anaheim,” but no one expects that to be the ultimate name of the project.
Are you among those interested in testing out Microsoft’s latest rendition of the Edge web browser?If so, you might be happy to learn that the company won’t require you to be a member of the Windows Insider program — an initiative that allows Microsoft fans and developers to live on the bleeding edge via access to early releases of Windows 10 builds.Kyle Alden, Edge project manager, confirmed on Reddit that those interested in trying out the future of the company’s web-browsing experience will be able to do so via a separate download.It’s welcome news for those concerned they would need to run less stable builds of Windows to experience the latest iteration of Edge early.Microsoft announced its plans to replace Edge’s in-house EdgeHTML with Google’s Blink engine, which will make the browser Chromium-based, in December of last year.As Google Chrome has continued to dominate worldwide browser market share, developers have focused their effort on ensuring that Google’s Blink engine is well supported.