The Sams Report EP 67: Extensions, HPE Goes Britain

Posted on December 3, 2016 by Brad Sams in Podcasts, The Sams Report with 4 Comments

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The Sams Report is a weekly podcast that dives deep into the world of Microsoft. With the company transforming the way it operates and Nadella putting his own touch on all aspects of the organization, the Sams Report breaks down the news and offers insight from insider sources.

On this episode, I cover why I was in Europe last week, where have all the Edge Extensions gone and how to save 25% on a Thurrott membership.

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4 responses to “The Sams Report EP 67: Extensions, HPE Goes Britain”

  1. 8665

    Glad to have you back Brad, we missed ya!

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    Re Edge, NetMarketshare shows Windows 10 usage at 23.72% at the end of November, and Edge usage at 5.21%, inferring that Edge is used by fewer than 1 in 4 Windows 10 users.

    At what level of usage does Edge constitute a fail? At what level of usage does it become economically highly unwise to throw as many engineers at it as possible?

    Edge has a few problems, not least it doesn't run everything enterprises have on their intranets. If that means most enterprises won't use it, that leaves SMBs and consumers. Why should consumers with older monitors use Edge? What does it provide which Chrome and Firefox don't? Bluntly, what incentives are there to use Edge if one's hardware is at best so-so? Per Netmarketshare, of screens with at least 1 million pixels (1280 x 800 and up), only 4.2% have more pixels than 1920x1080. To me that says there's not much of a user base for Edge's better handling of high DPI displays.

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      In reply to hrlngrv:

      I understand and I mostly agree, but despite the fact that I am a power user, I am trying to use Edge instead of Chrome, for a variety of reasons. I don't know if people would see the same value in these reasons as I do, but Edge does have its merits:

      * Font rendering is superior to other browsers (at least to my eyes)

      * I like its design and speed

      * Battery life is better with Edge

      * Integrated in Windows 10, uses Windows 10 services

      * Utilizes HiDPI displays better than other browsers


      Having said that, there are also many disadvantages and problems and I hope Microsoft solves them fast. They should definitely update Edge separately from the Windows OS. Microsoft should treat Edge as an app. They should definitely work on its stability and also make it more extensible and versatile. If you are using Chrome or Firefox there are few reasons to switch to Edge.

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