September 24 2015 By Posted in Expertise

Adoption and Performance of the new Microsoft Edge browser

After the official launch of Windows 10, now it’s the turn of Microsoft’s new internet browser to hit the market with the arrival of Microsoft Edge. This new browser will compete with the other 3 main players, Firefox, Google Chrome and Internet Explorer with the latter soon destined to disappear to make way for the new arrival.  Thanks to the data available from our real-user monitoring ...

September 21 2015 By Posted in Expertise

Web performance: the keys to success

A web site’s performance can affect business in very direct ways. Time is of the essence! If the site makes people wait too long, they will look elsewhere for better service. What constitutes good performance from the user’s perspective? How can you make sure your site is designed well and continues to perform to design in order to live up to user ...

August 12 2015 By Posted in Expertise

Windows 10 is here!

Windows 10 was released at the end of July. Microsoft has pulled out all the stops to make sure its new operating system is widely distributed, and it is available as a free update for users of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 via a number of third-party CDNs (content delivery networks) such as Akamai or Limelight, for instance. Some articles report that instant peak ...

July 23 2015 By Posted in Expertise

Apple: Objective-C to be replaced by Swift?

A lot of OSX and iOS developers are worried that their favorite development language will soon disappear in favor of the astonishing rise of the new language that Apple is calling ‘Swift’. Proclaimed much more efficient than Objective-C, Swift is supposed to improve user experience significantly. Swift is a programming ...

June 22 2015 By Posted in Expertise

Testing your infrastructure and your website in a complex environment

It is common practice to build a web site according to a responsive model, as is managing a mobile version of a web site. Pages are becoming increasingly complex and require sophisticated development of HTML code. Infrastructures are likewise affected by these evolutions, and are now hosted in the cloud. Measuring how web sites perform and their capabilities under load ...

April 21 2015 By Posted in Expertise

New generation load testing

Conventional load testing consists of using several servers, called injectors, to simulate thousands of virtual users. They reproduce the main journeys of your users.  But for a successful load test, it is important make sure you don’t miss the weak link.  Today major changes are taking place in the IT sector and in usage patterns. These developments mean we all have ...

Antivirus
March 20 2015 By Posted in Expertise

Antivirus software providers and performance

This month, we looked at antivirus software delivered online, a business segment where the Czech Republic has two well-known champions. We found a very mature market with still some surprises...   How do AVG & Avast perform versus other global competitors? The antivirus software industry is a favourite sector in the Czech Republic and ...

March 17 2015 By Posted in Expertise

Collaborative project: Platform for Quality Evaluation of Mobile Networks

A preceding issue announced that the project would get underway in January 2014. We take this opportunity to report on its progress and to inform you of a few achievements. To refresh your memory, the project’s mission is to define the reference systems in France and in Europe for measuring the perceptual quality of mobile networks and services. This project is backed ...

online_shopping
February 27 2015 By Posted in Expertise

The importance of user context and performance

Webmasters beware: do not let your users’ browser ruin their online experience... and your online revenues. Based on two Czech examples, this article takes a look at how browsers can affect the response times and reliability of a website and discusses whether this is worth worrying about.   Back in the old days (sometime before 2010), Internet ...

January 22 2015 By Posted in Expertise

User timing

Conventional passive methods measure the time between a user action that results in page loading (such as a click on a URL) and the onload event. In particular this is the case of any method where the script is injected automatically into the web site that is being monitored, as is done by APM tools. This approach is perfect for sites that have a classic kind of design. It is much less perfect ...