And the Emmy goes to Microsoft Edge. Not something we thought we would ever hear. In fact, when we head about the company’s award today, we were left head scratching. Who knew the Emmys were such a broad award body to take in tech? We though it was all Games of Thrones and The Crown.
Anyway, it turns out Microsoft Edge has won an Emmy. That’s because the awards body also recognizes select tech support within the TV and film industries.
“The Technology & Engineering Emmy Award was the first Emmy Award issued in 1949 and it laid the groundwork for all the other Emmys to come,” said Adam Sharp, President & CEO, NATAS.
“Weare especiallyexcitedtobehonoring these prestigious companies and presenting our gala again at the NAB Show where the intersection of innovation, technology and excitement in the future of television can be found.”
Whoa! We were just honored with an Emmy for helping bring great TV experiences to the web in #MicrosoftEdge. Congrats to @Google, @Netflix, @Comcast and @W3C for being part of it with us. https://t.co/THt4NtIetZ
— Joe Belfiore (@joebelfiore) November 15, 2018
Windows executive Joe Belfiore confirmed the company won its Emmy for supporting TV experiences on the web. It’s not often Edge sits above its rivals, but here it most certainly does.
The award was handed out during as part of the 70th Annual Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards.
On the official recipients website for the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS), the award body says Microsoft won the award for Standardization of HTML, Encrypted Media Extensions (EME) Media Source Extensions (MSE) for Full TV Experience alongside:
Robert Seidel, Chairman of the Technology & Engineering Achievement Committee said, “Screen actors are always cited for Oscars. Stage performers are similarly proud of their Tonys…
“We award the Technology & Engineering Emmy Award to these outstanding companies and individuals who are the ‘tool makers’ of the industry that have materially affected the television viewing experience.”