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Windows 10 warns users when opening Firefox, Chrome
By Thom Holwerda on 2018-09-12 19:45:13

Windows 10 insider build 17744, which will be available in next month to the public as Windows 10 2018 October update has warned a user when he tries to install Firefox browser to open and use Microsoft Edge. We know Windows 10 nudges to use Edge as the default browser, but this is definitely different. A user shared about this on Twitter, here is what the dialog informed the user.

I'm already an Edge user so I won't be bothered by these dialogs, but it's really annoying how browser makers - and by browser makers I mean Microsoft and Google - are taking every opportunity to shove annoying "please use Chrome/Edge" dialogs in our faces. It's user-hostile behaviour, and it feels cheap and scummy.

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On Satya guidelines...
By dionicio on 2018-09-12 20:14:41
Been Comfortable.

Have no problem at all with Edge on Secure Mode. But loading the full McCoy brings so much Corporative load -current and legacy- that bad things start to develop quite quickly.

Maybe a more "modular" approach.

Most people ask Chrome, install non-competitive Mozilla, instead.

Edited 2018-09-12 20:23 UTC
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Not likely going to alter...
By Ressev on 2018-09-12 20:53:21
Not likely going to alter my use of Firefox at all. I'll definitely need to nuke the warning if it occurs more than once.

But that is a low move by Microsoft.

Edited 2018-09-12 20:53 UTC
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RE: Not likely going to alter...
By WorknMan on 2018-09-12 20:55:11
> Not likely going to alter my use of Firefox at all.

Ya, IE6/7... some sins can never be forgiven. Esp. when moves like this show that Microsoft really hasn't changed at all.
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How slimy can it get?
By Moochman on 2018-09-12 21:16:58
I mean, I guess this is a kind of revenge on Google for their in-your-face Chrome ads on the Google search page. But that doesn't make it any less slimy.

Sidenote rant: If MS wants people to finally move on from IE11 to Edge, which would be in their own as well as all web developers' interests, they need to finally stop shipping IE11 with Windows 10 by default. IE11 is the bane of every web developer's existence and needs to be stamped out ASAP.

Edited 2018-09-12 21:17 UTC
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Comment by kurkosdr
By kurkosdr on 2018-09-12 23:41:10
Chrome ads in Google are the worst. Dear Google, I asked for Firefox not because I don't know Chrome exists, but because I want to use Video DownloadHelper to download YouTube videos and YouTube downloader extensions are banned in the Chrome store, thank you.
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RE: How slimy can it get?
By tidux on 2018-09-13 00:13:13
I suspect they're waiting until the day after Win7 EOL to do that, just to make sure there's no random backlash of people saying "screw Win10 I'm not moving."
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How not to win friends and influence people
By shotsman on 2018-09-13 06:06:31
This as has been said, a low move by MS.
I am so glad that my last Windows system was 'rm -fr'd almost two years ago and I don't have to fight their stupidity on a daily basis any longer.

The person who was responsible for this needs to be shown the exit pronto.

MS does seem to be lacking in direction these days. The same goes for Apple as well IMHO.
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Does Thom use Edge?
By bartgrantham on 2018-09-13 07:30:27
Does anyone know? Has he ever mentioned it?
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RE: Does Thom use Edge?
By avgalen on 2018-09-13 08:25:56
Everone is an Edge user ….. It is by far the best way to download Chrome ;) /s

But yes, Thom literally writes that he is already an Edge user and I remember him saying that several times before. That doesn't have to mean that he exclusively uses Edge though!

Actually written on Edge which I rely on for work and mobile, but Chrome is my personal browser with my private bookmarks/passwords.
I love the reading mode on Edge and the font-rendering in general and it also seems fast, reliable and resource-efficient. The developer toolbar and youtube experience are far better in Chrome though.
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RE[2]: Not likely going to alter...
By avgalen on 2018-09-13 08:35:17
IE6 was by far better than other browsers (Netscape) at the time it came out. So much better that Microsoft just stopped developing it for 5 years until they were hopelessly surpassed by FireFox and others.
IE7 only was a desperate attempt to catch up by adding tabs but all the way to IE11 Microsoft was just playing catchup with other browsers. They did some interesting things with JavaScript but nothing that ever made them interesting for anything but "this (corporate/ancient) website requires IE"
There is a reason they basically started from scratch with Edge which was a better browser from the start and has developed very well in the last few years
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