Saturday September 15, 2018

Microsoft Removes Warning about Installing Chrome, Firefox

Following criticism regarding the company’s "experiment" in encouraging Windows 10 users to install Edge instead of Chrome, Firefox, and other competing browsers with a glaring popup, CNET reports Microsoft may have already given up on the idea: the feature may no longer be found in Insider Preview Build 17760, the latest "fast-ring" version of the OS. The author notes Edge’s usage share has dropped compared to a year ago.

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Earlier this week, an earlier test version of Windows would warn people who tried to install the Chrome, Firefox, Opera or Vivaldi web browsers, "You already have Microsoft Edge -- the safer, faster browser for Windows 10." The dialog box presented two options: "Open Microsoft Edge" -- the default -- and "Install anyway." The feature raised some hackles and brought back memories of Microsoft's strong-arm tactics promoting its old Internet Explorer browser in the first browser wars two decades ago.