Chrome and Mozilla's Firefox are two of the most popular browsers, and that has made it hard for Microsoft to convince users to opt for its Edge browser. Google pushes Chrome on all of its properties when users use different browsers to connect to them, and Microsoft too displayed notifications on the Windows 10 platform to users who used other browsers that Edge was more secure or power friendly.
In my opinion, the operating system you choose to run should remain independent of the software you choose to install, but Microsoft clearly disagrees with that view based on a new tweak to Windows 10.
"Sources familiar with Microsoft's plans say that the particular warning would not appear in the final October update", The Verge reported late on Wednesday. Now it's trying to intercept people before they install Chrome or Firefox without actually preventing them from installing those browsers. Microsoft is now training users to click through these warnings, which also appear after you download and launch an app.
Microsoft already promotes the message that "Microsoft Edge is the faster, safer browser on Windows 10 and it is already installed on your PC", when you search for Firefox or Chrome via Microsoft Edge. It provides the users with two options - "Open Microsoft Edge" and "Install anyway".More news: Putin says two Skripal poisoning suspects are 'civilians'
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The pop-up is part of Window's "Apps &Features" setting, according to Windows Central.
In any event, users will still be free to ignore Microsoft's entirely baseless warnings about installing a rival browser. It is worth noting that it is a preview release, which will not be available to the general public for another month or so.
Microsoft's next major Windows 10 update will arrive in October.
Interestingly, Mozilla clearly did not appreciate Microsoft's move. (Choice is better without the serious side-eye.)" Vivaldi CEO Jon von Tetzchner told CNET, "This is sadly another example of Microsoft using their monopoly position. "Microsoft should focus on building great products instead and win users".