Windows 10 warns users when opening Firefox, Chrome

Yolanda Curtis
September 16, 2018

"You already have Microsoft Edge - the safer, faster browser for Windows 10", the title of the warning reads. In the past, Windows 10 users who use Chrome have received desktop notifications about Edge, and for a short time, Microsoft forced Windows 10 Mail users to use Edge for email links, but had to reverse course after a backlash. "The Verge however, speculates that Microsoft is only testing this 'warning" prompt and it won't necessarily be there in the final October 2018 update.

Following the launch of Windows 10, Microsoft has been working hard to get people to try and adopt their new Edge browser.

Microsoft already triggers a milder form of this behavior in Windows 10 when you attempt to set another browser as default.


As per the report, this new feature was not "documented" in the company's various blog post. So Microsoft trying to force users to use Edge here really doesn't do anything - it's just another irritating dialog you have to ignore in order to not use Edge, basically.

The company's claim was based on a recent research it carried out where some common websites were cycled.

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.


I've personally used Google Chrome for about 10 years now.

Overall Edge was behind Chrome in two out of three benchmarks, significantly in the case of Ares-6, but also beat Firefox in two out of three benchmarks. According to the test, the lower pull translates to the longer battery life.

The warning says Edge is "the safer, faster browser" and it encourages you to open Microsoft Edge instead of installing the other browser.


Developer Sean Hoffman spotted the issue when trying to install Firefox, he tweeted Tuesday. This on the spot is extra of an demanding one off for americans that first install any other browser, but the ideas will seemingly be any other take a look at for Microsoft's "Windows as a provider" model that relies on testers to provide responses to the corporate's ongoing changes.

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