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Microsoft is overriding default browsers in favour of Edge

Microsoft has had a tough time with its Edge browser, often resorting to aggressive tactics to push it to the forefront. As of the latest Windows 10 update, the company has taken to overriding users’ default browsers, no matter what the user has chosen themselves.

So far, Insiders are the only ones affected as they test the latest Skip Ahead build (17623) of Windows 10. Microsoft hasn’t targeted all links when it comes to defaulting its Edge browser, but those using the built-in Windows Mail client will have no choice but to use Microsoft’s very own client.

“For Windows Insiders in the Skip Ahead ring, we will begin testing a change where links clicked on within the Windows Mail app will open in Microsoft Edge, which provides the best, most secure and consistent experience on Windows 10 and across your devices,” explains Microsoft in a blog post.

“With built-in features for reading, note-taking, Cortana integration, and easy access to services such as SharePoint and OneDrive, Microsoft Edge enables you to be more productive, organized and creative without sacrificing your battery life or security. As always, we look forward to feedback from our WIP community.”

Given Microsoft’s minuscule 4.99 percent across Windows desktops and 2.03 percent across the board, it’s understandable that the company is desperate to clamber towards Google Chrome’s 63.88 percent by any means necessary. This, however, still seems like an anti-competitive practice that ignores its user’s wants in favour of bolstering its own numbers.

This is an increasing trend with Microsoft, which still forces updates on its users in disruptive ways and pushes risky boundaries that are sure to leave its users unhappy.

KitGuru Says: Microsoft is in a large position of power, and any use of its operating system to force competitors out should be considered anti-competitive. Unfortunately, it looks like the backlash in tech press and from Insiders might not be enough to subdue the company’s aggressive practices. How do you feel about Microsoft Edging its way in as your default browser?

 

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