News of Microsoft's Emmy win comes as a bit of shock to me, primarly because of my narrow perception of the award body.
I'm used to seeing Emmy nominations and wins associated with more direct interaction with both TV and film industries, however, it seems Emmys can be won for hyper-selective technical support of those industries as well.
According to Windows executive Joe Belfiore, Microsoft was honored with an Emmy for its role in supporting TV experiences over the web via its new Edge browser.
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
The 70th Annual Technology & Engineering Emmy Award Recipients website places Microsoft alongside other technology and industry heavyweights such as NBC, Comcast, Google, Netflix, Fujitsu and more.
The specific award of Standardization of HTML, Encrypted Media Extensions (EME) Media Source Extensions (MSE) for Full TV Experience includes:
The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) is a service organization dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of television and the promotion of creative leadership for artistic, educational and technical achievements within the television industry.
While Microsoft's Edge has become the butt of many browser jokes, it's adherence to industry standards thus far is becoming one of its strongest value propositions for curious or jilted Chrome users.