Tuesday, 18 December, 2018

Microsoft quietly stops interfering with Chrome and Firefox installations 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
Sherri Watson | 14 September, 2018, 05:52

The popup notes that users already have Edge as part of Windows 10, and claims that it is the safer and faster browser.

Users can choose to open Microsoft Edge or install the third-party browser, and they can choose to disable future warnings by following a link to their OS Settings.

This prompt was spotted in the Windows 10 October 2018 Update by testers who tried to install browsers other than Edge. "Try Microsoft's Edge - it's new, it's fast, and it's built for Windows 10". Google recommends using Chrome, a fast and secure browser.

It seems likely that such a prompt would result in higher than usual exits from installation if the intercepting prompt lands in stable versions of Windows. You could then choose to open Edge, or install your preferred browser anyway, reports Windows Central. How do you get those people to give Edge a chance?

This isn't the only message in Windows 10 that promotes Microsoft Edge.

That said Edge's score is only slightly lower than the others, and while it's missing some features, such as support for the 3D graphics rendering API WebGL 2, it supports some features missing from Chrome, such as the WebVR API for using virtual-reality headsets in the browser. By Windows blocking the actual installation of a program, even temporarily, Microsoft is purposely getting in the way of what a user wants, which is far more annoying and unwanted. For example, Microsoft has used the "tips, tricks, and suggestions" feature-again, enabled by default-to suggest you use Edge with intrusive pop-ups on your taskbar.

To be fair, this isn't the first time Microsoft has pulled these sort of unsolicited prompts in Windows 10.

Let's assume you ignore these reminders and download Firefox or Chrome. Google offers a free search engine and other free online services.

This boneheaded move, created to get people to try Edge for more than just downloading another browser, was rightly met with fury here and across the internet, and Microsoft has now pulled the "advert", claiming it was just a test.

Microsoft sells an operating system we all pay for, even if it's built into the cost of the PCs we buy.

We get it, Microsoft, you want everyone to use Edge.