Next Microsoft Edge Update Seeks To Drag Internet Explorer Users Into The Future

People have been surfing the Web with Internet Explorer for a quarter of a century. Microsoft is ready for Windows users to leave it behind once and for all and embrace the much more modern Edge.

Microsoft Edge version 87 is slated for release on November 19. When it rolls out, Internet Explorer diehards are going to see a much more aggressive pitch from Microsoft to make the switch.

If you’re still using Internet Explorer and happen to visit a site that has known compatibility issues Edge will automatically intervene.

A new Edge window will appear with an overlay letting you know what’s happening. The same screen will encourage you to import your Internet Explorer favorites, history and saved passwords.

You can choose not to, naturally, and just view the incompatible site in Edge instead. Doing so will allow you to prolong the inevitable a bit longer. Internet Explorer will still continue to work in this reduced capacity until at least next August.

For end users at home, however, there’s no time like the present to make the switch. Edge is built in the same mature, stable code that powers Google Chrome. It’s fast, standards-compliant and highly customizable. It’s also front and center in the big Fall update that’s now rolling out to Windows 10 users.

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Winding Down

Microsoft will gradually wind down support for Internet Explorer across its many apps and services over the next year. Microsoft Teams will drop IE next month. Bleeping Computer also reports that corporate users will need to use a different browser when signing in to their Microsoft Accounts.

Even when you can no longer launch the actual Internet Explorer browser you’ll still be able to lean on its 25 years of service. This will be critical for many enterprise environments.

One big reason that Microsoft hasn’t been able to simply close the book on Internet Explorer is that many customers still use applications that were designed to work exclusively in IE. Try running them in another browser and you’re asking for trouble.

Internet Explorer mode in Microsoft Edge should allow enterprise users to make the jump once and for all.

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What Caused The Massive Microsoft Teams, Office 365 Outage On Monday? Here’s What We Know

Cloud-based Microsoft applications, including Microsoft Teams, went down across a swathe of the U.S. yesterday.

Users of Microsoft Office 365, Outlook, Exchange, Sharepoint, OneDrive and Azure also reported they were unable to login. Instead, they were presented with a “transient error” message informing them there was a problem signing them in.

These issues appear to have started at around 5 p.m. ET, with services not returning to normal for many until 10 p.m. ET.

Indicative of the times we live in, whenever such an outage impacts so many people, the question of whether it’s an ongoing cyber-attack is front and center.

However, there is no evidence this was the case last night. So what did happen to take down access to Microsoft Teams, with work from home users taking to Twitter to complain of being unable to work, not to mention Office 365 and other cloud-based service disruption? Recommended For You

As was the case in June, when mobile calls and text messaging went down for many in the U.S. and August, when global internet traffic to major sites was disrupted, the cause could be much more mundane than a coordinated cyber-attack.

The first clue came when a Microsoft 365 Status message posted to Twitter revealed that Microsoft had “identified a recent change that appears to be the cause of the issue,” and said this was being rolled back to mitigate the impact.

However, soon after, another tweet poured cold water on that as it confirmed that Microsoft was “not observing an increase in successful connections” as a result of the rollback.

Two hours later, after rerouting traffic to “alternative infrastructure,” Microsoft reported improvements in multiple services.

Wait a moment, does that mean it could have been a massive, and somewhat audacious, distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack after all? Not according to a statement from a Microsoft spokesperson given to CNN Business: “we’ve seen no indication that this is the result of malicious activity.”

Another Microsoft status update message pointed to “a specific portion of our infrastructure” that was not processing authentication requests as expected.

According to some reports, this was a “code issue” that prevented the processing of those authentication requests “in a timely fashion.”

This remains a developing story as far as cause, rather than effect, is concerned. I reached out to Microsoft for a statement regarding what went wrong with the authentication process, but all a spokesperson said at this stage was: “We’ve fixed the service interruption that some customers may have experienced while performing authentication operations. At this time, we’ve seen no indication that this is the result of malicious activity.”

If things were bad at the start of the week, they got worse towards the end. On Thursday, October 1, Microsoft confirmed another outage. This time impacting Outlook users globally. MORE FROM FORBESNew Worldwide Microsoft Outage Confirmed-Here’s What We KnowBy Davey Winder

— Updated September 29 with a statement from Microsoft.

— Updated October 1 with news of another global outage Follow me on Twitter or LinkedIn. Check out my website.

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The system was down for about four hours on Monday making it impossible for remote employees, businesses and schools who use the programs for remote learning to access. #wakeupcharlotte

Here Are 7 Companies Experts Think Microsoft Could Try To Acquire Aside From TikTok


As Microsoft attempts to acquire viral video app TikTok’s US operations, analysts speculated on a few other names that might be on the tech titan’s shopping list. The list of seven potential Microsoft acquisitions includes Dropbox, Slack, Twilio, Docusign and VMware, which Dell is considering spinning out, plus startups Mmhmm and Superhuman.

Keep in mind, Microsoft’s largest acquisition to date was its $26.2 billion LinkedIn deal, and while it appears Microsoft might be willing to pay more for TikTok, multibillion-dollar deals still are pretty uncommon for the company.

While Microsoft’s bid to acquire viral video app TikTok’s US operations may have come as a surprise, there are a few other big deals that industry-watchers think are a little more predictable.

Business Insider compiled a list of companies analysts say Microsoft could try to buy, based on which buys could bolster key Microsoft businesses such as its Microsoft 365 suite of business software applications, Azure cloud computing business, or Dynamics customer relationship management software.

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It’s worth noting most of the companies on the list cost significantly more than Microsoft has ever paid to acquire any company. Microsoft’s largest acquisition to date was its LinkedIn deal worth $26.2 billion.

Morningstar analyst Dan Romanoff named big companies like Twilio and Docusign as potential targets, for example, but said he generally expects Microsoft to stick mostly to smaller deals.

“I would really expect [Microsoft] to continue to do deals at $1 [billion] or less that generally won’t mean much to casual observers,” he said, “but will serve to add important functionality to one of its existing product areas.”

Here are seven companies, aside from TikTok, that experts say Microsoft could acquire:


Valuation: Unknown

Mmhmm is building an app intended to allow people to virtually share their screen in a video call and remain in the picture at the same time, as Business Insider’s Katie Canales writes, and was founded by by ex-Evernote CEO Phil Libin.

The company is still very young, and just raised $4.5 million from investors including Sequoia Capital and cofounders of Instagram, Twitter, and Eventbrite.

Creative Strategies analyst Carolina Milanesi thinks Mmhmm could be a good acquisition target for Microsoft to build out its popular Teams workplace chat app and “help with the huge number of kids who like to do videos while playing Minecraft.”


Valuation: $270 million as of June 2019, per PitchBook

Superhuman builds an app intended to help users empty their inboxes in what it bills as “the fastest email experience ever made.” Unlike most other email apps, it’s not free — rather, it requires a $30/month subscription to use. In return, users get access to all kinds of email decluttering tools, including a conversational view that makes email look like a text message, as well as powerful keyboard shortcuts.

Creative Strategies analyst Carolina Milanesi said Superhuman could help Microsoft “modernize” its Outlook email app…….

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Satya Nadella Bets Microsoft’s Future As A Consumer Products Company On TikTok


Days after Microsoft’s MSFT big-tech rivals faced lawmakers over their dominance in the online ad-business, among other subjects, CEO Satya Nadella phoned the White House to discuss a deal to acquire social media platform TikTok that could reshape Microsoft’s future as a consumer-facing business.

The potential acquisition — expected to be valued around $40 billion — would be Microsoft’s largest, and riskiest, in a string of deals by Nadella, who has rewritten the company’s reputation for unsuccessful buys and focused on the enterprise space through pick-ups including LinkedIn and GitHub. By making a bid for TikTok, the Chinese-owned, hugely popular social platform, Nadella is shifting his attention to the consumer-ad space where Microsoft could attract the regulatory spotlight currently facing its rivals.

“There’s a big pile of ad revenue out there basically captured by Google GOOGL , Amazon AMZN , and Facebook,” says Jai Das, a managing director and cofounder at venture capital firm Sapphire Ventures. “This would be a way for Microsoft to access that.”

Microsoft received the green light from the Trump administration on Monday to pursue an acquisition of TikTok’s U.S. operations from its China-based parent company ByteDance, which had faced threats from the White House of being banned over national security concerns. More than 100 million people use TikTok to post short, and sometimes viral, videos that generate revenue with ads.

In a blog post Sunday, Microsoft said it would complete the prospective deal — which would also include TikTok’s operations in Australia, Canada and New Zealand — by September 15, and would invite U.S.-based minority investors to participate. The company said it would address privacy concerns by committing to transferring all of TikTok’s data to U.S.-based servers, and delete data from servers outside the country.

The move has struck some observers as good business sense; it’s proven popular with investors, too, as Microsoft shares closed Monday up $11.49, or 5.6%, adding more market capitalization to Microsoft’s stock than the acquisition would cost the company.

But for TikTok to become a success story, Microsoft will need to pull off its largest, and most-scrutinized absorption of another business in its history — a history that, until Nadella, was spotty. Under then-CEO Steve Ballmer, Microsoft acquired Skype in 2011 for $8.5 billion, only to watch as the company lost attention to rival products from Apple AAPL , Facebook and more recent businesses like Zoom. And in 2013, it acquired the failing mobile phone-maker Nokia for $7.6 billion, an investment that was essentially written off. The company’s Bing platform also had minimal success competing against Google’s search engine.

Momentum changed when Nadella was appointed CEO in 2014, who focused first on buying up enterprise-facing assets. Microsoft paid $26 billion for LinkedIn in 2016, an acquisition considered successful, and GitHub, which was acquired in 2018 for $7.5 billion has served as a customer runway to Microsoft’s cloud services business, Azure.

TikTok represents a new challenge for Nadella as it potentially joins a consumer-facing portfolio that includes the Xbox gaming division, Surface tablets and Minecraft. Like the enterprise companies before it, TikTok would likely remain a siloed entity for a couple of years, says Soma Somasegar, a former vice president at Microsoft who is now a managing director at Madrona Venture Group. Such a period of separation would also provide time for Microsoft to navigate any regulatory issues linked to separating TikTok from its Chinese owner, Somasegar says.

Beyond that, Somasegar says the platform could have future integration with Microsoft’s other consumer-facing brands. For example, TikTok’s ad business could be cross-promoted on Bing. And in gaming TikTok could provide complementary streaming services to Xbox’s platform.

If TikTok is successfully integrated, Microsoft would become established as the fourth major player in the online ad revenue business. Forecasts on TikTok’s growth vary, but the company’s U.S. operations are expected to generate close to $500 million in revenue in 2020, and about $1 billion in 2021, according to Dan Ives, an analyst at Wedbush. With these metrics, Ives estimates that TikTok could become a $200 billion business in a couple of years. And Microsoft has the cash, Ives notes, with $136 billion in cash reserves today, and expectations of generating $39 billion in free cash flow for 2020.

As Facebook, Google and Amazon joined Apple in testifying last week, Microsoft’s absence was notable to industry watchers. Should it bring in TikTok to fast-track its competition with their consumer products, the acquisition will signal a push into a new phase of ambitions under Nadella to compete on more fronts. As the venture capitalist Das puts it: “TikTok is a way to bring that DNA to the company.”



Microsoft Issues Bold Strike To Google Chrome With New Features You Need Now


Microsoft’s revamped Edge browser has only been available for a few months, but it’s already putting pressure on Google’s market-leading Chrome. Now Microsoft has just issued a bold strike to Chrome with a set of cool and timely new features in Edge 83.

Launched on May 22 and rolling out gradually, Edge 83 will be available initially for a small number of users to evaluate their response so Microsoft can iron out any bugs and issues, according to tech site Bleeping Computer.

So what’s coming in this latest Microsoft Edge update?

Chrome-beating Microsoft Edge features you’ll want to try now

Even as countries exit lockdown during the COVID-19 crisis, many users are now working from home. This makes features such as the ability to separate your profiles between work and personal integral.

One of the new features in Edge 83, “Automatic Profile Switching” is able to detect when you are navigating to a site authenticated with a work account while in your personal profile and switch without you having to do anything.

Meanwhile, an update to a feature called SmartScreen makes you safer as you browse by stopping you from visiting insecure websites or downloading malicious files. Among the other cool updates, the Collections feature is improving—you can use it to drag and drop items to the collection without opening it—and the ability to Sync your extensions has been added.

How to get the new Microsoft Edge features now

If you can’t wait for the update, Bleeping Computer includes instructions for how to get Edge 83 now.

First, go to Microsoft Edge’s enterprise page and Select Stable 83 under Channel/version > Edge 83.0.478.37 > Select the platform > Download.Google Chrome v Edge

Microsoft Edge is certainly ramping up on the features front as it goes head-to-head with Chrome. In another move that brings its browser on a par with Chrome, Microsoft recently confirmed it would add a feature that will hide annoying notification pop ups that appear on some websites.

Privacy and security are a new battleground for browser-makers, and Google has just dropped a bunch of new features to try and starve off attempts to steal its market share.

In some ways, the two browsers are similar: If you are already an Edge user, you’ll know it’s based on the same Chromium browser engine as Google Chrome. Both Edge and Chrome releases have been delayed during COVID-19—and both skipped version 82 altogether to go straight to 83.

These new features are pretty cool—and they are what people need right now—so if you’re looking for a Google Chrome alternative, why not give Edge a try.

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