Inside SaaS - March 12th, 2019

Inside SaaS (Mar 12th, 2019)

End of Shockwave / Windows Phone Mirroring / Google Hires Oracle Exec

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1. Adobe announced the end of Shockwave, the multimedia platform at the center of websites and web-based games in the early 2000s. Shockwave will be discontinued on April 9, after the platform fell out of relevancy and was generally replaced by HTML5 Canvas and WebGL. For any enterprise customers who still had Shockwave contracts, support will end for the service in 2022. —GIZMODO 


2. Microsoft is releasing a beta update to its "Your Phone" feature for Windows 10 this week that will allow users to mirror their mobile phones through Windows. The feature is said to give users direct control over their phones, but will only be compatible on phones with Android version 7.0 or later and Windows 10 version 1803 or later. Additionally, users will need to be a part of Microsoft's Windows Insider program to access this version of the beta. —GIZMODO 


3. Google Cloud hired former Oracle cloud executive vice president Amit Zavery as vice president of engineering, following Google's hiring of former Oracle president Thomas Kurian last year. Zavery left his job at Oracle last week and by Monday he had already begun his new role at Google Cloud, where he will lead the Apigee team, Google said. He spent 24 years at Oracle before transitioning to Google. —REUTERS 


4. Windows 10 can now automatically uninstall failed updates, Microsoft quietly revealed in a Windows support page this week. The feature, which was added in a recent Windows update, will attempt to uninstall a failed update to prevent startup failures or other bugs. Users will be met with a message stating “we removed some recently installed updates to recover your device from a startup failure,” after which Windows will block the failed update from re-installing for 30 days while Microsoft attempts to discover the source of the failure. —WINDOWS LATEST 


5. Microsoft announced it will stop providing security updates for Windows 7 in 2020 and will begin prompting users to upgrade to Windows 10 next month. —BUSINESS INSIDER 

6. Slack is rolling out a dark mode for its Android and iOS apps after testing the feature in a beta. —THE VERGE 

7. Steve Bartel, a former Dropbox engineer, and Nick Bushak, a former Facebook engineer, have raised $9 million in funding for Gem, their company that builds software for maintaining relations between employers and new hires. —BUSINESS INSIDER 

8. Google is shutting down the Allo chat service on Tuesday, after announcing the app's end last year. —THE VERGE 

9. IBM CEO Ginni Rometty made CNN's "Risk Takers 2019" list for the $34 billion acquisition of the cloud computing company Red Hat, completing the biggest software acquisition in history. —CNN 

10. After Amazon announced the launch of a library for open-source Elasticsearch code, Elastic's stock fell nearly five percent. —CNBC 


Written and curated by Sean Wolfe. He is a tech reporter based in Brooklyn, New York, and has previously worked at Business Insider and GIE Media. Follow him on Twitter at @seanthomaswolfe.

Editing team: Managing editor Kim Lyons, a Pittsburgh-based journalist with recent bylines in the NYTimes and Columbia Journalism Review and editor Susmita Baral with recent bylines in NatGeo, Teen Vogue, and Quartz.


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