Published: Thu, September 13, 2018
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Microsoft Edge warns Windows 10 users to avoid Chrome and Firefox

Microsoft Edge warns Windows 10 users to avoid Chrome and Firefox

The warnings appear on Windows 10 and remind people they already have Microsoft's Edge browser installed.

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

The Verge reports that Microsoft is now testing a new warning the appears when a user goes on to attempt to run the Chrome or Firefox installers, on the latest version of Windows 10 for insiders. Spotted by Windows Central, Windows 10 Insiders are now seeing an Edge "ad" when trying to install Chrome or Firefox.

The existence of such a pop-up alert will be controversial with some PC users.

While the warning does not block the installation, it is a blatant move from Microsoft to try and stop users from downloading a rival's Web browser.

This change is part of Windows 10's October 2018 update, which was looking pretty good until now.

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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. "If I wanted to use your browser, I would".

Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox might be at the top of the browser thrones, but Microsoft has recently taken some big steps to push their Edge browser into the conversation.

While it seems that Microsoft plans to integrate an option to disable these "warnings", it remains to be seen how that will look like. A user who initiates the installation of a browser does so on objective. Now it's trying to intercept people before they install Chrome or Firefox without actually preventing them from installing those browsers.

The fact that his app recommendation feature is default might be irritating for some users, as they've long already decided they don't want anything to do with the Windows 10 default browser.

The message that pops up calls itself a "warning", but the only reason it's warning you to use Edge is that Microsoft would prefer you do so. Google doesn't put up a warning page when you search for Firefox, and it doesn't try to slow you down when you install another browser on Android. So maybe you should make Edge a better browser instead of thinking up new ways to shove it in our faces.

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