Published: Thu, September 13, 2018
IT | By Lester Massey

Microsoft tests third party browser 'warning' in Windows 10

Microsoft tests third party browser 'warning' in Windows 10

Now, Redmond appears to be at it again, after a Windows 10 pop-up test was discovered that advised users to choose Edge over other browsers.

The pop-up reads, "Microsoft Edge is the faster, safer browser designed for Windows" and offers two options, namely, Open Microsoft Edge and Install Anyway. A user who initiates the installation of a browser does so on goal.

There's even a setting to turn annoying prompts like this off, and Microsoft is calling them "app recommendations".

The user is then given the option to stick with Microsoft Edge (highlighted in blue as the default setting) or "Install anyway" - which doesn't sound alarmist at all.

While it seems that Microsoft plans to integrate an option to disable these "warnings", it remains to be seen how that will look like. When you're on a laptop, Windows 10 tells you that Chrome is draining your battery. The issue that Google and Firefox may take with this warning is that the wording insinuates that the other two browsers are less safe than Edge. We have a serious bone to pick with Windows 10's development team here: This message sounds like it's about safety, but it's just about Microsoft's profits.

Currently, the warning is only present in fast ring test versions of Windows 10 via the Windows Insider Program. Considering the popularity of Chrome and Firefox, Microsoft's tact to shame users into using Edge isn't going to be well received.

It's not unusual for operating systems to ship with a browser pre-installed, with most people just downloading their preferred browser at the earliest opportunity. How do you get those people to give Edge a chance? Meanwhile, another Twitter user reported the same issue with Chrome, Vivaldi, Opera, and Firefox browsers.

People talk about how Google pushes Chrome, but that's pretty different. So maybe you should make Edge a better browser instead of thinking up new ways to shove it in our faces.

Even more frustrating is the fact that Windows displays this prompt even when you're installing yet another browser.

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