Friday, 23 August, 2019

Microsoft really doesn't want you to abandon Edge on Windows 10

Windows 10 warning for Google Chrome One tester named Sean Hoffman posted a message that was shown to him when trying to download Firefox
Cecil Davis | 13 September, 2018, 13:53

This intercept is now showing up in Windows 10 version 1809 Insider builds, and we don't yet know if this is something that will be switched off when Windows 10 1809, aka the October 2018 Update, rolls out to all users next month, but I certainly wouldn't bet on it. There is a button that allows users to open the Edge browser instead of installing Firefox or Chrome.

When you try to install the Firefox pr Chrome web browser on a recent Windows 10 version 1809 Insider build, you may notice that the installation gets interrupted by the operating system. In a bid to claw back some much-needed market share, Microsoft is implementing a rather cheeky "feature" in its Edge browser.

Developer Sean Hoffman spotted Microsoft's warning while trying to install Firefox, he said in a tweet. It shows a smiling person standing in front of the Edge logo, leading what is presumably their best life now that they've broken free of Chrome and Firefox. The popup notes that users already have Edge as part of Windows 10, and claims that it is the safer and faster browser. So Microsoft trying to force users to use Edge here really doesn't do anything - it's just another irritating dialog you have to ignore in order to not use Edge, basically. The prompt appears to be coming on the version 1809 or Windows 10 October Update which is now being tested by Windows Insiders. In a statement to CNET, Microsoft referred to its Windows test programme, and said, "We're now testing this functionality with insiders only". The Verge, on the other hand, cites its sources to say the warning will not make its way to the Windows 10 October 2018 Update.

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What's your view on this latest move from Microsoft?

There is also a chance that Microsoft would push its own products when users attempt to install other products: think a third-party media player, screenshot tool, image editor, or text editor.