Microsoft Discouraging Users From Downloading Competing Browsers

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Microsoft is aggressively pushing the Edge browser in Windows 10 and trying to prevent users from downloading an alternative such as Chrome, Firefox or Opera. By default, Windows 10 only includes Microsoft products such as Edge or Internet Explorer 11 and you have to use Bing to procure a different browser. If you search for any other leading browser, a message pops up and proclaims, “Microsoft recommends Microsoft Edge for Windows 10,” and contains a “Learn why” button next to that message which directs you to a website outlining Edge’s feature set. In lieu of these revelations, Microsoft issued a statement which reads:

“Microsoft Edge was designed exclusively for Windows 10 with features and functionality that enhance the browsing experience such as Cortana, Web Note and Quick answers,”  

“These notifications were created to provide people with quick, easy information that can help them get to know these experiences better. That said, with Windows 10 you can easily choose the default browser and search engine of your choice.”

This kind of advertising isn’t limited to Microsoft as Google often argues the benefits of using Chrome. Although, EU courts have come down quite strong on Microsoft for pushing their browser.  In 2013, Microsoft were fined £481 million by a European court for engaging in anti-competitive behaviour. Originally, Microsoft divulged information about other web browsers to stop Internet Explorer’s unfair monopoly. However, this feature magically disappeared after a Windows 7 update. Microsoft argued this was due to a technical error. Whatever the case, it seems Microsoft is once again pushing their own browser and could be misconstrued as being unfair to the competiton. On another note, I’m not entirely convinced the notification will make any user refrain from downloading a competing product.

Thank you Venturebeat for providing us with this information.

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19 Comments on Microsoft Discouraging Users From Downloading Competing Browsers

  • Avatar John Peterson says:

    Edge sucks, I see no use for it . ALso Bing sucks . If cortana would use google search engine I would actually use her bu alas she sends me to the vast useless wasteland that is bing.

    • Avatar Jeff Ward says:

      If you use chrome for your main browser look up a plugin called Chrometana. It hijacks bing searches and redirects them through google, so any search you run through cortana will be a google search. The only downside is that if you ever have reason to WANT to use bing it also hijacks searches directly through bing.com, but that can be bypassed by temporarily disabling the plugin.

    • Avatar Jeff Ward says:

      If you use chrome for your main browser look up a plugin called Chrometana. It hijacks bing searches and redirects them through google, so any search you run through cortana will be a google search. The only downside is that if you ever have reason to WANT to use bing it also hijacks searches directly through bing.com, but that can be bypassed by temporarily disabling the plugin.

    • Avatar Jeff Ward says:

      If you use chrome for your main browser look up a plugin called Chrometana. It hijacks bing searches and redirects them through google, so any search you run through cortana will be a google search. The only downside is that if you ever have reason to WANT to use bing it also hijacks searches directly through bing.com, but that can be bypassed by temporarily disabling the plugin.

  • Avatar John Peterson says:

    Edge sucks, I see no use for it . ALso Bing sucks . If cortana would use google search engine I would actually use her bu alas she sends me to the vast useless wasteland that is bing.

  • Avatar John Peterson says:

    Edge sucks, I see no use for it . ALso Bing sucks . If cortana would use google search engine I would actually use her bu alas she sends me to the vast useless wasteland that is bing.

  • Avatar Joe O Sullivan says:

    Is chrome 64-bit fixed again, yet? Or pin-chrome-tabs-to-taskbar.. ? Seems ms broke them in the last update..very sneaky. Edge is ugly as hell.

  • Avatar Charlie Cox says:

    Had chrome installed on Win7 Upgraded to Win10 it was still there, So I never saw any of this. Plus I try to always have a copy of chrome installer saved somewhere.

  • Avatar Eoin Mc Namara says:

    Edge is the ultimate Windows 10 tablet browser, but on a desktop some of the features might never be used. I mean, the writing notes and sharing is handy for group office work and college, Cortana’s use on a mobile system is more important than on a sedentary dekstop, and the whole snapping tabs is cool when you don’t have a lot of screen space.
    Some might argue that Chrome on tablets is better: and it is for Android tablets. But on tablets such as the Surface Pro, I would use Edge.

  • Avatar Grumbly McMadeupname says:

    Microsoft only install Microsoft software on Microsoft operating systems? The evil, evil bastards.

  • Avatar pixeldensity says:

    Okay, Google does the same thing for their browser and remember what google did when Firefox changed their default homepage to yahoo

  • Avatar darknessblade says:

    lol microsoft does not aknoledge maxthon as a thread to the edge browser

  • Avatar Andreas Nordeng says:

    too bad i can’t use cortana

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