Sneaky, sneaky Microsoft. The competition between the many web browsers used on the Windows operating system continues, but it looks like Microsoft is tipping the balance in a slick way. When trying to install Firefox or Chrome web browsers on a recent Windows 10 Insider build, the installation is interrupted by the OS.
As reported by Ghacks.net, the interruption quickly reminds you that Edge is already installed on the device and that it is "safer and faster than the browser than the user was about to install on the device." Users can continue by either opening Edge or continuing the installation. There's also an option in the interruption to disable this type of warning but, as the report points out, there actually isn't an option to do so once you click the link. Keep in mind that it is an Insider build where things are being tested out, so there's a chance that either the whole interaction could be scrapped or the option to shut it down will be added later on.
All of this happened on Insider build 1809 and the next major Windows 10 update goes live in October, so we'll see then if this new interaction makes the final build. Stay tuned to Shacknews for additional updates.
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I love the way it asks you if you don't want to be 'warned' about using either browser in the future, implying you're in danger.
Windows 10 is full of dark pattern bullshit like this, and MS were taken to account with crap like this before on at least two occasions I can think of of the top of my head with Internet Explorer.
'New Microsoft' appears to be Old Microsoft to me, but they've gotten better at appealing to the easily convinced.
As for their supposed new-found love for open-source, look at what they are actually opening up. It's all stuff that was never likely to be a source of revenue anyway. Now think about what all the telemetry and tracking they stuff into it is worth.
New Microsoft™ is nothing more than good marketing, and it seems to have worked.