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Windows 10 warns users not to install Chrome and Firefox

13 September 2018, 04:43 | Casey Mitchell

Windows 10 warns users not to install Chrome and Firefox

Windows 10 warns users not to install Chrome and Firefox

While Microsoft is in the "final stages" of testing the next major Windows 10 update, testers at TechDows seem to have spotted a new feature that prompts user to try Mircosoft Edge instead of the third-party browsers. Microsoft has also added an option "Don't want to be warned in the future" which takes the users to Settings and allows them to disable app recommendations.

The intercepting of installers on Windows is a new low, however.

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

While Windows 10 only recommends Edge over other browsers right now, Microsoft could push more of its apps with these "recommendations". Maybe all those people clinging to Windows 7 are on to something after all.

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Microsoft's next major Windows 10 update will arrive in October. The way it forced users to upgrade to Windows 10 against their will back in 2016, is a prime example.

A "Do this anyway" button also appears in the Windows SmartScreen popups, which warns you before you run a downloaded application that might potentially be unsafe.

An image of the offending pop-up was shared in a tweet by user Sean Hoffman. Great job, Windows team. How do you get those people to give Edge a chance? Now it's being used to trumpet Edge, too.

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

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Prompts of that sort can be turned off by using the link under the buttons on the popup. If someone is downloading Chrome or Firefox, they've already made their choice as to what browser they want to use. 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.

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

WTF?! As demonstrated by the methods it used to get people onto Windows 10, Microsoft isn't averse to using shady tactics when pushing its products. You see, if a user makes the effort to manually download the installer for a browser with Edge, they obviously want to use that browser instead of Edge. To do that requires focusing on making Edge better than the alternatives and marketing it as such.

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