Today we released a maintenance release of Browsium Ion to address a number of issues and feature enhancements requested by our customers. Changes in this release include:
There are more details to help you install and use Ion 3.4 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:
Join us next week for a 30-minute webinar featuring Browsium founder Matt Heller. Matt will discuss how Browsium Ion can help your enterprise keep current with Java security updates while still ensuring compatibility for all your line of business applications. With Ion, you can run multiple versions of Java side-by-side in Internet Explorer for your mission-critical applications, and use only the latest version for the web to maximize security.
When: Wednesday 10 December 2014 at 0900 PST/ 1200 EST / 1700 GMT
Browser-based Java management should be a core component of every organization’s security management policy. We meet with enterprises every day that are facing the difficult challenge of balancing security against the needs of their various business applications which require older, insecure versions of Java.
In this webinar, you’ll learn how Browsium Ion delivers granular Java management to enable isolated and secure side-by-side Java versioning. By giving IT administrators the ability to specify which version of Java loads for which sites (targeted down to the single page level), Ion enables your organization to avoid compromising security for compatibility. Users can continue to perform their internal critical business functions while accessing websites as they normally would, but IT limits exposure to external threats by using the most current, most secure version of Java. And the Java management configuration process is simple with the Java Version Manager wizard included with Ion.
You’ve suffered with Java compatibility and security problems long enough. Learn how Browsium Ion can put an end to your Java version management challenges for good.
Today we shipped a maintenance release of Browsium Catalyst to address a single issue affecting certain enterprise customers. Catalyst 2.0.2 fixes an issue that blocked the Catalyst Controller from starting when no network connection is available. This issue has only been reported by a few customers, but the fix greatly improves Catalyst robustness for remote and mobile users on laptops, so we felt it was important to release the fix for everyone.
There are more details to help you install and use Catalyst 2.0.2 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:
With the release of IE11, Microsoft introduced its newest tool for web application compatibility, Enterprise Mode for Internet Explorer (EMIE). Since its inception, there has been a lot of excitement and also confusion about what EMIE can do and what it can’t do. Many of our customers have been asking, “When is EMIE sufficient and when should I choose Browsium Ion?” This blog post compares the two, highlighting the key differences that matter to your browser migration projects. In the end you’ll find it’s clear that EMIE is useful and important, but Ion is essential for mission-critical web applications in complex enterprise IT environments.
Microsoft designed EMIE to address web applications that were developed for IE8, but do not work properly in IE11. Developing this tool was critical for Microsoft and its customers, as IE8 is now the single most popular version of any web browser, particularly in enterprise where it’s dominant. With Microsoft ending support for IE8 (and IE9 and IE10) in January 2016, every enterprise now must evaluate the tools that can assist in their IE11 migration strategy.
EMIE offers more features than Microsoft’s previous tool, Compatibility View, which was optimized for IE7 compatibility. It’s great to see Microsoft adopt approaches and provide tools to help with web application compatibility as they continue to evolve Internet Explorer.
Customers who have limited complexity in their IE8-dependent web applications will be pleased with EMIE. It is designed to address user agent string and CSS expression issues. It also has a Site List Manager to enforce which sites will use Enterprise Mode through Group Policy and end users can select Enterprise Mode for public websites as well. In our experience, customers with these basic needs will benefit from this improved and easy to use tool for simple IE8-based web applications.
However, many of our customers have discovered that, while EMIE addresses some of their basic compatibility issues, it falls short in addressing defects with their more complex business critical web applications. Many of their IE8-dependent applications will not work properly with IE11 and EMIE. In addition, EMIE does not provide a solution for migrations to IE11 from IE9 or IE10. For all of these applications, a more comprehensive solution is required.
Web based applications with compatibility challenges often hold companies back from a required browser or OS migration. These troublesome and frequently mission critical applications are typically very complex and highly customized. They exist at a foundational level of the business process or provide parts of the core IT engine that drives the overall business. These applications aren’t broken simply because of a user agent string or a CSS expression button, which EMIE is designed to address. They are made up of many little applications and reporting tools, and each may be broken by a range of issues that require a different set of changes to fix them. This is where we see the majority of defects in these complex applications. And this is where Ion goes above and beyond what EMIE can provide.
Browsium Ion delivers a complete solution for remediating both basic and complex legacy applications running in modern versions of Internet Explorer and also delivers granular management of browser environments for true side-by-side compatibility and enhanced security. (Screen shots of Ion and EMIE found at the end of this post clarify how different these two products are in the granularity of their settings.) Ion uses the same Internet Explorer and Windows APIs as EMIE, but is much more powerful to effectively remediate complex enterprise web applications.
Another major area of concern for our customers is safely managing the multiple versions of Java required by various applications. EMIE does not to address Java management. Browsium Ion enables you to maintain a defense-in-depth Java strategy by allowing specific applications to run only the Java version it requires, when needed, independent of your overall Java security strategy. Ion provides granular control of Java so you can run multiple versions side-by-side, maximize your security stance, and accommodate legacy applications that require older versions of Java.
The following table will give you an idea of how Ion can work in your environment when compared with EMIE.
|Target web apps for remediation by domain or URL||✔||✔|
|Provides IE8 rendering mode to fix basic layout issues||✔||✔|
|Provides IE8 user agent string to server||✔||✔|
|Provides option of using any IE rendering mode, from Quirks through IE11||✔|
|Manage multiple versions of Java and run them side-by-side in IE||✔|
|Provides legacy web app compatibility for users running IE8, IE9, and IE10||✔|
|Enables phased rollout to heterogeneous IE environments, across XP, Win7 and Win8||✔|
|Custom Registry Settings per web application to control specific IE features and security settings||✔|
|Override ActiveX controls for each web application, with zero-footprint installs||✔|
|Deploy configurations via Group Policy||✔||✔|
|Deploy configurations via any enterprise mgmt tool||✔|
Clearly, EMIE is rarely enough for most large enterprise environments. Complex enterprise organizations with many legacy and in-house developed applications need much more — they need Browsium Ion for web applications compatibility and the added browser management capabilities today’s most dynamic IT environments demand. Try Ion in your organization by downloading the free evaluation kit.
The following screen shots provide a very clear picture of the power and comprehensiveness of Browsium Ion when compared with EMIE. Ion has many rich features and granular control for web application remediation and browser management, while EMIE takes a more simplistic approach with only a single site list in its management tool.
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!”
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.
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.
Web browsers are a critical component of modern IT infrastructure. Many existing business applications run in a browser, with more moving to the cloud every day, yet the tools to manage browsers have not kept pace. Today’s rapidly changing operating system and browser environments bring with them complex and costly application compatibility and security issues – issues that must be addressed to keep those business-critical applications running. This leaves IT organizations, like yours, with the challenge of cost-effectively managing web browsers throughout the enterprise. Some of the obstacles you’ll encounter include:
Read the Browsium Executive Overview to learn how our browser management platform delivers essential browser compatibility, security, and control to enterprises like yours. This easy-to-read 2-page PDF provides a brief overview of our solutions. It’s designed to help you make the case to use Browsium Ion and Catalyst in your organization, so please share it with your IT management and your CIO.