Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

Windows 10 warns users when opening Firefox, Chrome

Windows 10 warns users when opening Firefox, Chrome

When you're on a laptop, Windows 10 tells you that Chrome is draining your battery.

"Don't install LibreOffice or OpenOffice!"

This is all dumb so far, but it's not just annoying; it's bad for security. Now Microsoft is about to get even more invasive, by showing a full alert message whenever you try to change the default browser.

Luckily the pop-up will take you right to the necessary section in the Settings app - "Apps & features" - so you can disable the "app recommendations" option that allows it and other prompts hawking Microsoft's software to appear. It has started showing a "warning" before you download the web browser.

NetMarketShare has Chrome dominating the browser market with a 65.21 percent share, followed by Internet Explorer on 10.68 percent, Firefox with 9.76 percent, and Edge on 4.3 percent. For example, searching with Cortana always open Bing in Edge unless you install a third-party hack. This isn't done through the "Apps for websites" feature in Windows 10, so the experience isn't as seamless as it would otherwise be, but it's still much easier than manually copying the link and then going into the app.

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Microsoft has managed to stir the hornet's nest once again.

The wording in the prompt looks like it has been neatly crafted to avoid any sort of antitrust issues. Another Twitter user reported the same behavior with Chrome, Vivaldi, Opera and Firefox browsers. Google promotes its Chrome browser with pop-ups on its search, Gmail and Google Docs pages. Google offers a free search engine and other free online services. You can click on the latter option to continue downloading and installing the rival web browser but it sure is a different and more straightforward approach by Microsoft in order to make them use Edge browser more.

Microsoft sells an operating system we all pay for, even if it's built into the cost of the PCs we buy.

In the past, Microsoft has been harshly penalised for using its dominance in desktop computing to push people towards its products.

We get it, Microsoft, you want everyone to use Edge. To do that requires focusing on making Edge better than the alternatives and marketing it as such.

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