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Microsoft’s future is built on Google’s code



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Asked for comment on Microsoft’s upcoming dual-screen, Android-powered Surface Duo smartphone, here’s what we got from a Google spokesperson: “We are excited to welcome Microsoft to the Android ecosystem. We look forward to working together to bring the best of both companies to users.”

Translation: “We won.”

Ever since Microsoft slunk out of the smartphone market, we’ve been waiting to see what the company’s mobile strategy under CEO Satya Nadella would be. The answer for Microsoft is to win at the app and services layer instead of the operating system layer.

It’s possible to make a Microsoft-ified Android phone right now if you like. Install Office and Outlook, Microsoft’s launcher, and connect it up to OneDrive. The company won’t own every corner of your phone, but it will be there in the places where you spend the most time.

For a hot minute, it seemed like Microsoft’s plan was just to convince Samsung to release Microsoft-ified versions of its Galaxy phones. The Galaxy Note 10 has Microsoft’s Your Phone system built right in at the system level, for example. The company will probably continue to push Samsung since Samsung sells more phones than nearly anybody, but, ultimately, Microsoft needs more control over the experience.

That’s where the Surface Duo comes in. The Surface Duo has the Google Play Store on it, which is the essential way to get the widest variety of apps. More importantly, the Google Play Store comes part and parcel with Google Mobile Services. That’s the extra “stuff” on top of Android that Google provides. It ranges from security updates to browser updates to push notification support to who knows what else.

All of that means the version of Android that Microsoft is running won’t be a fork of Android like Amazon’s Fire OS. It won’t cause fragmentation issues. That right there is Google’s big win. (It also explains why Google was so eager to tell me about its support for dual-screen devices in Android 10. It seemed odd to be so excited about the then-busted Galaxy Fold. Now it makes more sense.)

We don’t yet know just how big that win is, though. Google has required most manufacturers to include not just the Google Play Store, but also a full suite of Google apps. Will it require Microsoft to preload Gmail even though the company wants to push Outlook? Google also requires companies to put those Google apps right on the home screen, often in a folder labeled “Google.”
Heck, you can’t get Google Play apps or even Google Mobile Services updates without logging in with a Google account. It’s super important for the healthy operation of an Android phone. That could mean that, on first use, Surface Duo users will have to log in with both a Google and a Microsoft account.

Will that also apply to Microsoft, or did Nadella extract some concessions from Google? These aren’t small questions. The EU just forced Google to unbundle the Play Store and Chrome from Android in Europe, after all. (There is also not a little irony about Google facing antitrust questions about its operating system in a way that affects Microsoft’s applications.)

I asked Google many of those questions, but the company didn’t have more to say beyond that statement. Fair enough. It’s Microsoft’s day today, so I’ve asked Microsoft to elaborate on what exactly we can expect here, and I will let you know what I hear back. Truthfully, though, since the device isn’t slated for release until late 2020, it’s possible that nobody knows all the answers yet.

In an interview with Lauren Goode at Wired, here’s how Nadella characterized this weird new world in which Microsoft is making Android devices. (Emphasis mine):

The operating system is no longer the most important layer for us … What is most important for us is the app model and the experience. How people are going to write apps for Duo and Neo will have a lot more to do with each other than just writing a Windows app or an Android app, because it’s going to be about the Microsoft graph.

If you haven’t been paying attention to what Nadella has been saying for the past couple of years, it could come as quite a shock that the CEO of Microsoft doesn’t care that much about operating systems. But there it is, in black and white. Microsoft obviously isn’t abandoning Windows — it announced a new version of it today — but it matters much more to Microsoft that you use its services like Office. That’s where the money is, after all.

Before everybody realized how creepy it was, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was fond of talking about Facebook’s dominance with the “social graph.” Microsoft’s graph is quite different. It’s the business and professional graph, mainly. Its ecosystem is LinkedIn and file sharing from OneDrive. Whether that ends up being less creepy and invasive depends on whether Nadella sticks to his promises about the ethical use of AI.

While Microsoft might be happy to tell you that it doesn’t need to worry about the operating system first, that doesn’t mean this isn’t a huge win for Google. Android is already the most-used OS on the planet. Now that Microsoft is on board, that dominance is going to be even more firmly established, and it could help Google make inroads into that Microsoft Graph, giving the company another shot at the enterprise market.

What’s most remarkable about all of this is that Microsoft now depends on Google technology for two of its most important assets: its mobile OS and its web browser. In case you forgot, Edge is going to be based on Chromium now. That doesn’t quite give Google the same edge that Android does. Nevertheless, it is pretty wild to think about.

Microsoft essentially outsourced the plumbing to Google, which is happy to provide it. Instead of “Embrace, Extend, Extinguish,” we now have “Adopt, Extend, Profit.”


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Venture Insurance Programs launches online platform for small business insurance




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National insurance program administrator Venture Insurance Programs is introducing a new platform that will allow agents and brokers to better serve their small business clients.

The new Venture Small Business platform allows insurance professionals to quote and bind policies for over 150 classes of business within the same day. The platform will also provide several post-bind services such as direct billing, issuing ACORD certificates of insurance, policy document requests, and claims reporting/servicing.

Venture Small Business can quote and bind general and professional liability coverage for small businesses within the following industries:

Architecture and engineering
Landscaping services
Artisan contractors
Legal services
Marketing and public relations
Creative and design
Health, beauty & fitness
Real estate
Financial services
Janitorial services

“Venture is pleased to offer this small business platform alongside our industry-specific products and services for agents and brokers,” said Venture Insurance Programs founder and president Phillip J. Harvey.

Harvey added that the dedicated online portal will assist producers in receiving quotes for their small business clients quickly and accurately, as well as in binding coverage.



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Cloud Firewall Management Market Size will Grow profitably in upcoming year 2019-2025 | IBM Corporation, HP, Verizon, AT&T, Symantec, Fortinet, Secureworks, Centurylink




Cloud Firewall Management

Cloud-based Firewall provides secure cloud adoption and also provides inbound and outbound internet access via a secured hosted gateway. It offers scalability with a rise in bandwidth, high availability through a robust infrastructure and backup strategies in case of a site failure, and availability beyond boundaries of any single service provider’s network. The cloud firewall management is a very interesting topic among enterprise security architects and employees.

Global Cloud Firewall Management Market Estimated to grow at a CAGR of +27% during forecast period

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Most of the public cloud firewalls are ordinary and offer little in terms of security configuration controls. With problems arising, developments have been made in the network to overcome the struggle with development & maintenance of network-based firewall rules set in the cloud. Currently, most of the vendors are trying to simplify firewall management and work on automation frameworks and platforms to help with rule management and monitoring.

Key Players Profiled in this Report includes, International Business Machines (IBM) Corporation, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), Verizon Communications, Inc., AT&T, Inc., Symantec Corporation, Fortinet, Inc., Solutionary, Inc., Secureworks, Inc., Computer Sciences Corporations, Centurylink, Inc.

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Various factors are responsible behind the market’s growth trail, which are studied at length in the report. In addition, the report lists down the restraints that are posing threat to the global Cloud Firewall Management market. It also gauges the bargaining power of suppliers and buyers, threat to the new entrants and product substitute, and the degree of competition prevailing in the market. The influence of the latest government guidelines is also analyzed in detail in the report. It studies the market’s trajectory between forecast periods.

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Google Pixel 4 could take advantage of Huawei’s troubles — but becoming a phone for the masses won’t be easy




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Google could take advantage of the U.S. blacklisting of Huawei to gain market share with its new flagship smartphone, particularly in Europe, analysts say. But a lack of relationships with mobile carriers could hold back the company’s path to becoming a mass market player, they told CNBC.

The U.S. technology giant unveiled the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL on Tuesday, a high-end smartphone with some new features like gesture control. It comes as Huawei remains on the U.S. Entity List restricting its access to American technology, including Google’s Android mobile operating system on which it relies in international markets. Huawei’s flagship device, the Mate 30, was released without licensed Google apps.

Analysts previously told CNBC that not having access to Google could hamper Huawei’s global ambitions. Now they’re suggesting that Google could take advantage of Huawei’s troubles.

“With Huawei facing huge challenges, particularly in Europe, now is the time for Google if it’s serious about moving the needle with Pixel,” Geoff Blaber, vice president of Americas research at CCS Insight, said in a note.

‘Vacuum’ in Europe
However, headwinds remain and could make it tough for Google to challenge Huawei, even with the Chinese technology giant’s current issues.

Google’s smartphone strategy under its older Nexus lines of phone was not really about mass market scale. Instead, it used to release the devices to show off the best of what its Android software had to offer so other vendors could follow.

But recently, with the Pixel line of phones, it has become serious about being a big handset player. Rick Osterloh, Google’s senior vice president of devices and services, told The Verge in 2017 that the company hopes to be selling in “high volumes in five years.”

Huawei’s issues have sparked debate about what other companies could take advantage of. In particular, Europe is seen as a key battleground, since Huawei is the number two player by market share, behind Samsung. Huawei saw its shipments fall 16% year-on-year in the second quarter, according to Canalys.

But Google’s lack of relationships with mobile carriers on the continent could make it tough for it to challenge Huawei with the Pixel 4.

“The consequences of Huawei’s entity listing has left a vacuum in Europe and a huge opportunity for share gain. However, given the Pixel’s limited operator support in Europe, it’s far more likely to be Samsung that benefits,” Blaber told CNBC in an email, referring the the U.S. blacklist.

In many European countries, carriers are crucial for making expensive, high-end phones a success because they offer fixed-term contracts with monthly payments that often make a device more affordable for consumers.

At its launch event Tuesday, Google announced the Pixel 4 would be carried by a number of U.S. networks including AT&T and Verizon. But very few European carriers have the phone.

“We have to keep in mind that these two vendors (Google and Huawei) compete on two different battlegrounds: three out of four Pixel phones are sold in the U.S., whereas Huawei is effectively non-existent there,” Bryan Ma, vice president of devices research, told CNBC. “Conversely, a key beachhead in Huawei’s overseas momentum is in Europe, where Google’s Pixel line has had a limited presence.”

“Most of the carriers that were announced last night were U.S.-based. So if Google’s priorities are still focused there, then it’s unlikely that they would take much share from Huawei,” Ma said.

Huawei resilience
For its part, Huawei has remained relatively resilient. In the second-quarter of 2019, it was still the second-largest smartphone player in the world.

It must be noted however, that the Mate 30, which does not have licensed Google apps, was released in the third quarter. Analyst firms have yet to release third quarter numbers.

Huawei also released its own operating system called HarmonyOS in August. The company has insisted on several occasions that it still wants to use Google’s Android.

But Richard Yu, the head of Huawei’s consumer division, said the company could “immediately” switch its devices to HarmonyOS if needed.


By Arjun Kharpal

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