With large companies relying on a huge number of web apps to conduct day-to-day business, migrating to an updated browser can cause a lot of problems. Enterprise web apps are usually coded for the specific browser the company plans to use, which in many cases is Internet Explorer. Today, Redmond-based Browsium and HP announced they are teaming up to help enterprise users with the transition to Internet Explorer 11 in 2016.
Included in HP’s new enterprise services for Windows 10 is the WebApp Accelerator Service for IE11. At the core of that service is Browsium Ion, which ensures compatibility between IE11 and apps coded for older versions of the browser.
“Browsium’s products and HP’s services are used by large enterprise customers to manage the tens or hundreds of thousands of browsers used by their employees,” Browsium president Gary Schare said. “The typical enterprise uses about 1,000 unique web applications to run the business and a browser migration is a huge undertaking to ensure all the critical applications continue to function.”
Many enterprise users are going to be migrating to IE11 soon, since Microsoft will stop supporting older versions starting in January 2016. While Windows 10 does come with Edge, a new browser developed by Microsoft, consumers can also use IE11 on the new operating system. And older versions of Windows can also run IE11, including Windows 7, which many enterprise customers are still running.
HP will market and sell the software, which includes a Browsium Ion license along with other software to keep web apps up and running, but Browsium will have to handle the increased upfront and technical support of all the new users.
“Suffice it to say that our efforts the past few years (which have been great for our business) will have yielded a small fraction of what HP believes it can deliver. So this means major growth for us,” Schare said. “Fortunately we’re ready for this growth as we’ve been gated primarily by our small sales force and implementation team.”
Browsium has already added new positions to its 25-person team to help the company handle increased business. They’ll likely grow further as enterprise users upgrade to Windows 10 and turn to HP’s services to help ease the transition.