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Microsoft Edge Is Trying To Warn People Off Firefox And Chrome

Microsoft Edge Is Trying To Warn People Off Firefox And Chrome

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.

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.

Microsoft is reportedly warning Windows 10 users not to install Chrome or Firefox. Currently, this is only on an Insider build, but there's every chance it'll be on customer PCs in the October 2018 update. By going into Apps & Features in the Apps pages within the Settings app, you can turn these prompts off. As per the images shared by the users, a dialog box appears when someone launches an installer for another browser.

Instead of disabling the app recommendations by default, Microsoft seems to be enabling them by default. Many users cited on Twitter that this prompt shows up while downloading Chrome or Firefox installer on the latest "Insider" release Windows 10.

Microsoft's next major Windows 10 update will arrive in October.

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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. Not only that, but it's apparently "the safer, faster browser for Windows 10".

Here's the amusing thing: Despite all these tricks, Edge only has about 4% of the browser market.

The tech giant also tried a similar push to force Windows 10 Mail users to use Edge for all email links, but the company reversed the change after a backlash, the report noted.

I tried to install Chrome Stable and Firefox Stable, and both installations were intercepted by the prompt. People use Windows in the real world to run a variety of applications, not just connect to Microsoft services in half-baked "Universal" apps, "Metro" apps, or whatever we're calling them now. So maybe you should make Edge a better browser instead of thinking up new ways to shove it in our faces.

Microsoft already triggers a milder form of this behavior in Windows 10 when you attempt to set another browser as default.