Today we released a minor update to Browsium Ion to address a single issue in the Content-type Whitelist property in Ion configurations. Though this property is seldom used in application remediation, a single addition to this list can cause Ion to corrupt images and other binary files present in remediated web applications. We originally created Ion 3.3.1 as a hotfix for customers who have run into this issue, but then determined it would be beneficial for all customers to have easy access to this fix. We therefore made the decision to release Ion 3.3.1 through our general distribution release (GDR) channel.
There are more details to help you install and use Ion 3.3.1. in the Release Notes. We highly recommend reading them before installing.
If you’re already an Ion customer, you can download the new version from the download page sent to you with your license key. If you’re just evaluating Ion now, or are interested in evaluating it, you have two options:
By now you’ve read the news about Microsoft’s changes to the Internet Explorer support policy. Supporting only the most recent version of Internet Explorer on each Windows release is a bold and necessary step for Microsoft. Internet Explorer fragmentation has made life miserable for web developers and created an unsustainable support matrix for Microsoft. The increasing pace of change in operating systems and browsers has made an already nasty problem even worse.
Microsoft’s new approach is clearly good for the web and for consumers (and it’s great for Microsoft). But what does this mean to enterprises – organizations like yours that just struggled through a Windows XP to Windows 7 migration and have now standardized on IE8 (or IE9 or IE10)? Now you must all migrate to IE11 by January 2016 or lose support. How will you upgrade all of your line-of-business applications by then … and how will you keep pace moving forward?
Inquiries arrive daily at Browsium from organizations asking these very questions. Our answer is the same answer we’ve been giving for more than four years – your application upgrade schedules don’t need to be dictated by browser vendors. There is a better option.
Browsium’s browser management platform gives you control over the timing of application upgrades. It does this by allowing legacy IE-dependent applications to run in modern versions of Internet Explorer, side by side with your most current applications. This enables you to easily migrate to the most current release of Internet Explorer on each Windows platform with confidence, knowing your critical business applications will continue to run. You’ll save time with our easy-to-use tools, and you’ll save money by avoiding unnecessary application rewrites and upgrades.
To be fair, there are other options. Microsoft offers guidance on best practices to re-write or replace existing applications. However, we continue to hear from enterprises that application rewrites or replacements are not in the budget (and certainly not within the time-frame available), so they must look into compatibility tools. Microsoft has an option for compatibility – Enterprise Mode (aka, EMIE). IT organizations have told us that it’s an improvement over the older Compatibility View. They find it useful for some business applications and public websites, but it’s often not sufficient for large scale, complex enterprise applications. A specialized tool with much more granular control is needed to handle these applications.
Browsium’s powerful browser management platform has been designed with the world largest and most complex enterprise IT environments in mind. It delivers granular control of your browser environment, resulting in optimized compatibility and security.
As a CIO, CTO or business unit owner, you should be making application upgrade decisions based upon your business needs. For years we’ve been helping customers do just this with our worry-free browser migration approach. We’ll help you put in place a robust browser management platform to support your business-critical applications well into the future. And as we’ve all seen, rapid technology change is the new normal in the IT industry. Browser management will help you keep pace.
You can manage the complexities of your enterprise browser environment, take the worry out of browser migrations, and extend the ROI of your existing business applications. Learn how Browsium’s browser management platform can make this happen.
Start by downloading the evaluation version of Browsium Ion. Next, contact our team of experts, or one of our partners, to help you plan, implement, and deploy our browser management solution across your enterprise. The next time you’re faced with an Internet Explorer upgrade, you’ll be so prepared, you’ll have the confidence to say “Bring it on!”
Today’s enterprises are faced with a dynamic software landscape. New operating system and browser versions appear regularly, often causing IT pros to react with patches and workarounds. At Browsium, we strive to react quickly with maintenance releases of our software to ensure our customers always have a great browser management experience. Some recent changes in Chrome, and a few legacy issues in our software, have necessitated an update to Browsium Catalyst.
The new release is Catalyst 2.0.1 and it’s available today. It has just a few changes, but we strongly believe every customer will benefit from this release’s improvements in Chrome window focus. So we opted to push it out now while we work on a larger Catalyst feature release in the coming months.
What’s new in Catalyst 2.0.1? These three changes:
There are more details to help you install and use Catalyst 2.0.1 in the Release Notes. We highly recommend reading them before installing.
If you’re already a Catalyst customer, you can download the new version from the download page sent to you with your license key. If you’re just evaluating Catalyst now, or are interested in evaluating it, you have two options:
As the Browsium Ion customer base has grown, the diversity of IT deployment/management processes and client/network configurations have grown along with it. This diversity has driven a set of new product requirements and the need to enhance Ion’s enterprise deployment capabilities to make Ion a first-class citizen in the most demanding enterprise environments.
We’ve now delivered on these requirements with Browsium Ion 3.3, which is available today. In Ion 3.3, key areas of our software code have been optimized and we’ve added many new features aimed at making Ion much more robust. The end result is a powerful combination of the browser management and web app remediation capabilities that Ion has been known for, plus a new level of deployability and manageability that enterprises demand.
Ion 3.3 has many visible changes, and some great improvements in the plumbing. Here is a brief list:
Complete details about “what’s new” in Ion 3.3 can be found in the Release Notes. We highly recommend reading them before installing.
Who should upgrade to Ion 3.3? Frankly, everyone deploying or evaluating Ion. If you’re already an Ion customer, you can download the new version from the download page sent to you with your license key. If you’re just evaluating Ion now, or are interested in evaluating it, you have two options:
Trust is critical when choosing any solution for your enterprise. You must trust that the vendor will be there when you need them – for implementation services so you can get up and running quickly, and for support in case something goes wrong once you’re in production. Browsium knows this well, and has been providing enterprise class support and professional services from the very start.
Browsium offers two support and services programs to provide your organization with responsiveness, service level choices, and consulting options to meet your business needs. These programs are designed to ensure you are able to deploy, manage, and operate Browsium software quickly and efficiently. Both offerings provide access to specially trained, experienced Browsium engineers who can identify and solve problems with web applications and browser management. Our service options range from telephone and email support to onsite implementation consulting.
To help you understand these offerings, and share them with your colleagues and management and, we’ve detailed them in a single document – the Browsium Support and Services Programs datasheet. Give it a read and email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Many in IT want to be seen as innovators – a very worthy aspiration. But it’s also comforting to know that the technology platform upon which you’re going to bet your business is a proven solution already in use by many other organizations just like yours. It’s exciting to be first … but who wants excitement in IT when mission-critical web applications are at stake?
When choosing a browser management platform, you can rest easy. You’re not first. In fact, far from it. Browsium solutions have now been successfully deployed by a broad range of organizations across a variety of industry verticals. We’ve put together a sampling of real-world stories of Browsium products at work solving real enterprises browser management challenges.
This compilation of success stories spans the finance, pharmaceutical, retail and transportation industries. While each story has a unique browser management challenge, in all cases the need to ensure the preservation of business critical applications was paramount. These enterprises have:
These achievements have all taken place thanks to Browsium’s browser management platform.
Take a look and see how much your organization has in common with these highly successful and technically complex enterprises. Read Browsium Industry Success Stories.
As we’ve been posting for years (see complete list below), many organizations continually delayed their Windows XP migrations despite the April 8, 2014 end of support deadline. A migration of this magnitude is complex and expensive, made worse by the fact that many enterprises lost their ‘migration muscle’ because they stayed on XP for so long. However, in a surprising but well-received move to better support enterprises facing the reality of slower migration off Windows XP, Microsoft has slashed the price of an XP Custom Support Agreement (CSA) by as much as 96% according to Computerworld and ZDNet.
This is great news for enterprise customers, Microsoft, and Browsium.
Obviously, this move buys time to confidently make the migration away from Windows XP. But it also creates more time for us to help you plan the most effective way to put a browser management platform in your infrastructure to handle this immediate migration and the inevitable browser changes you’ll be wrestling with in the future. We can help you avoid any future ‘migration muscle’ atrophy.
While you’re still on Windows XP, web application compatibility is not something you can ignore. Whether you’re upgrading to IE8 on Windows XP, or adding a second browser (such as Google Chrome) to handle your modern web applications and cloud services, we can help. With Browsium Ion, we’ll help you avoid the time investment and cost required to rewrite or upgrade legacy web applications simply to make them run on IE8. And as more and more modern on-premises and SaaS web applications have dropped or communicated end of support for IE8, Browsium Catalyst enables you to seamlessly incorporate Chrome into your desktop environment. With Catalyst, you can use Chrome to run those new applications while Internet Explorer continues to handle the mission-critical legacy apps you simply can’t just rip out and replace.
New CSA pricing may have bought you some time, but eventually you will need to make the jump to Windows 7 or Windows 8 (or maybe Windows 9!). When that time comes, Browsium will be there to ensure your critical web applications make the jump with you, without sacrificing compatibility or security. Our browser management platform will enable you to keep a handle compatibility and security issues regardless of changes in browser technologies.
Windows XP Usage Share Blog Posts
Windows XP Hits a Wall – 3/14/14
Windows 7: Are We Half Way There Yet? – 7/30/12
Today, Browsium supports two methods for deploying configurations to PCs in an enterprise using both Ion and Catalyst. Configurations can be deployed across an enterprise via:
Feedback from our customers and partners has indicated that using the ADM/ADMX format was not suitable for their environments and they preferred using Flat Files. With that in mind, we are now taking the next step in our product evolution to improve the deployment process for our customers. In the next releases of both Ion and Catalyst, deployment through Serialized Registry Keys (ADM and ADMX) will no longer be supported.
While that may sound drastic and scary – it’s actually not. The new approach will utilize Flat Files for both testing and deployment, greatly simplifying the entire process – from project development through deployment. It’s a far simpler approach, much easier to update, and utilizes existing enterprise management tools (including Group Policy, if desired).
This change does not mean that deployment via Group Policy is no longer an option. Its just slightly different when using Flat Files vs. ADM/ADMX. When the Flat File configurations are deployed to the enterprise, either on the individual PCs or on a network share, a pointer to the configuration file is required in the registry of all end user PCs. The registry preference extension for Group Policy is often the most efficient way to streamline the deployment of this registry key and value.
In addition, the Flat File itself can also be distributed via Group Policy (or via any other software distribution tool). If you’re using Group Policy, our guidance is consistent with the Microsoft recommended method that you can learn more about in this TechNet article.
Ultimately this change will simplify both products when it comes to the deployment phase of your projects. Given that we have supported the Serialized Registry Keys method in all prior releases, if your organization has deployed this way, it’s time to start migrating to the Flat File method so that you’re ready when we release the next versions of Browsium Ion and Catalyst.
As Windows 8 matures, more and more enterprises are making plans to deploy Microsoft’s latest OS. Some are planning a complete migration, while others are trying to accommodate Windows 8 as it rolls into the organization on laptops and tablets purchased by executives.
At Browsium, we’ve responded to these needs with upgrades to both Ion and Catalyst. Last month we released Ion 3.2 with support for Windows 8 (plus a number of additional features). Today we’re releasing Catalyst 2.0 with an identical mission.
Catalyst 2.0 has few visible changes, but a variety of important feature enhancements to support key deployment scenarios. Here is a brief list:
Complete details of “what’s new” in Catalyst 2.0 can be found in the Release Notes. We highly recommend reading them before installing.
Who should upgrade to Catalyst 2.0? Frankly, everyone deploying or evaluating Catalyst. If you’re already a Catalyst customer, you can download the new version from the download page sent to you with your license key. If you’re just evaluating Catalyst now, or are interested in evaluating it, you have two options:
We’ve blogged quite a few times in the past few years about the slow progress of enterprises have been making to migrate from Windows XP to Windows 7 (and now 8). The trend has been evident for quite some time, but it seemed everyone in the industry held out hope that organizations would miraculously wrap up their migration projects before the April 8th deadline.
Well, here we are with just over 30 days to go and what do we see? Windows XP has hit a wall. The latest usage share figures from NetApplications show it’s holding steady at 29.5%, dropping less than 2% in the past 6 months.
We’re not ones to say “we told you so”, but we called the stall a year ago (with updates in July and Nov) and then redoubled our efforts to help accelerate migrations with the release of Ion 3 in October. But there’s only so much we can do as web application compatibility is just one of many blockers to a successful Windows migration. Native applications and user state must also be migrated. Often, new hardware is necessary and users need to be trained.
These are not easy migrations, particularly for organizations who haven’t executed a desktop migration in over a decade. But they can be successful. We are a core component of successful migrations every day. Now with Windows XP end of support (nearly) here and custom support agreements (hopefully) in place, it’s time to reassess your timeline and staff your migration project for success. Let us help. Download the free Browsium Ion Evaluation Kit and we’ll contact you to get started.