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Paul Thurrott's Short Takes: December 7th



As Microsoft has a change in the news, this issue of Short Takes looks at Microsoft's new edge, face recognition regulation, market capitalization, Windows 10 on ARM, and more.

Microsoft will use Chromium as the standard basis for a new version of the Edge browser

It was a strange news week, but the top story is certainly that Microsoft laid the foundation for its web browser, which literally goes back over two decades gives up. Instead, the open source Chromium project will be used as the basis for the next version of Edge. There is only good news, people. The new Edge becomes more compatible and offers better performance. It runs on Windows 7 and 8.1 and on Mac in addition to Windows 10. It is updated every month, keeping it up-to-date with the latest web standards, and not twice a year so far. Some have complained about a "monoculture" on the Web because Chromium also supports Google's dominant Chrome web browser. But this is wrong: this leads to a de facto standard where we need one – how the web works at a low level – while Microsoft, like other web browser makers, can continue to innovate where it really matters. with unique features and functions user experience. Bravo, Microsoft. Bravo.

"Mozilla says Microsoft's introduction of Chromium is bad for the Internet."

That's not true. It is of course bad for Mozilla. And for any other company that thinks that it creates confusion and complexity for web developers, this is a good strategy.

Microsoft Requires Facial Recognition

Microsoft has this week called on world governments to regulate the use of facial recognition technology so it is not abused for intrusion into privacy and surveillance. "This technology brings important and even exciting social benefits, as well as abuse potential," Microsoft President Brad Smith wrote in a blog post describing the company's concerns. "The time to act has come." From the point of view of Microsoft, face recognition technology could "exacerbate social problems" and improve its capabilities while protecting the public interest. Microsoft knows that governments are moving slowly or not at all, and urges other tech companies to self-regulate their facial recognition in the meantime. These are all commendable goals. But I suspect that the facial recognition geek, as Microsoft puts it, actually comes out of the bottle. And that fewer privacy-related governments, such as those in China and Russia, will simply move forward.

"Apple fixed the worst thing about FaceTime"

Oh, does it work on Windows and Android now?

Microsoft Outperforms Apple Market Capitalization

It was an interesting week for the tech industry in the financial markets. After Microsoft briefly exceeded Apple's market capitalization last week, Microsoft was surpassed by Amazon.com. And then Microsoft rose again to the top: the market capitalization reached $ 815 billion, before Apple $ 813 billion. But see, that's what I pointed out last week: this is really about Apple failing, not Microsoft being successful. You may recall that Apple was the first modern-day company to reach a market cap of $ 1 trillion. The value of the company today is significantly reduced, mainly due to alerts about poor iPhone sales.

"5 lessons that Apple can learn from Microsoft's comeback"

  1. It was not a comeback.

PC Marketplace

Qualcomm's Snapdragon processors dominate on mobile devices, but the company's first efforts for the PC market – using the Snapdragon 835 for smartphones in PCs based on Windows 10 – did not work so good: the resulting PCs were epic battery life, but the performance was terrible and there were tons of compatibility issues. Qualcomm has released a replacement for the Snapdragon 850 in the season this fall, promising a performance improvement of about 30 percent. The big news, however, is coming next year: Qualcomm has announced its poorly named Snapdragon 8cx (for computer and extreme) this week, and promises about a 2-fold improvement in performance, roughly equivalent to an Intel Core i5 chipset. We will see. But that was what Windows 10 on ARM even had to consider. Whether Microsoft and Qualcomm can overcome the remaining compatibility issues – 64-bit Win32 apps are still a breeze – before new PCs arrive next fall is an open question. I root for her.

"At least $ 46.8 billion was spent on acquiring open source companies in 2018."

And you thought Linux was free.

Amazon asks its users to make Alexa smarter

Alexa users love to ask questions, says Amazon, usually about the Echo series of smart speakers. But Alexa is not always as smart as other digital personal assistants. That's why Amazon is pushing an exciting new initiative where Alexa's own users can help answer questions that seem to be misunderstood. Yes, Amazon will of course continue to enhance Alexa with "machine learning and understanding of natural languages", and will be introducing integration with what Amazon has called "many trusted sources of information". However, these efforts, known as Alexa Answers, could help outperform this fledgling technology. This can also help stain Alexa's users' stupidity and curiosity, much like Amazon.com reviews written by customers often end in directions unrelated to the quality of the product in question. Just a thought.

"Windows Lite, everyone? Microsoft said it is still working on another slimmed-down version of Windows. "

Repeat: A Windows that can not run Windows apps is not a Windows.


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