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Microsoft really doesn't want you to abandon Edge on Windows 10

14 September 2018
Microsoft really doesn't want you to abandon Edge on Windows 10

Considering the popularity of Chrome and Firefox, Microsoft's tact to shame users into using Edge isn't going to be well received.

With just a few weeks left to go until Microsoft is ready to roll out its Windows 10 October 2018 Update, a few testers have reported seeing a new warning prompt when they try to involve a third-party web browser, stating: "You already have Microsoft Edge - the safer, faster browser for Windows 10".

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.

When you download the Chrome or Firefox installer and launch it, Windows will first show a "warning" telling you that you already have Microsoft Edge installed. Interestingly, the Install Anyway button has a grey background while the Open Microsoft Edge has a bright blue background. You can click "Install anyway" if you want to install the program you downloaded, which you probably do.

While it seems that Microsoft plans to integrate an option to disable these "warnings", it remains to be seen how that will look like.

For years now, Microsoft has been fighting what really feels like a losing battle against Google and Mozilla, two big players in the internet browser space. Interestingly, this move by the Redmond, Washington-headquartered company comes right ahead of the release of Windows 10 October 2018 Update.

That said Edge's score is only slightly lower than the others, and while it's missing some features, such as support for the 3D graphics rendering API WebGL 2, it supports some features missing from Chrome, such as the WebVR API for using virtual-reality headsets in the browser.

I tried to install Chrome Stable and Firefox Stable, and both installations were intercepted by the prompt.

Microsoft is not actually preventing users from installing the third-party browser but is just adding another step to the process. In a bid to claw back some much-needed market share, Microsoft is implementing a rather cheeky "feature" in its Edge browser. So maybe you should make Edge a better browser instead of thinking up new ways to shove it in our faces.