By Andrew Romero & Ben Schoon
December 2, 2021
Even though Microsoft's new version of Internet Explorer - Edge - is a surprisingly a good browser, Google Chrome still seems to be taking a lot of users away. That may be why Microsoft has come up with a new method of trying to prevent people from downloading Google Chrome and instead use Microsoft Edge.
According to some, Microsoft Edge will now trigger a pop-up to try to keep users from downloading Google's popular web browser.
The pop-up attacks Google's privacy, which has proven to be a point of scrutiny for the company. Specifically, the pop-up reads: "Microsoft Edge runs the same technology as Chrome, with the added trust of Microsoft. Browse securely now"
Other versions of the blatant aggressiveness include messages like: "That browser is so 2008! Do you know what's new? Microsoft Edge." or "'I hate saving money', said no one ever. Microsoft Edge is the best browser for online shopping." This makes a little bit of sense since the company is rolling out their own buy now, pay later plan called "Zip". For other reasons, Microsoft is seeing a lot of scrutiny due to the nature of the rollout.
It's also commonly known that a promoted message pops up when searching for Google Chrome through Bing. This behavior isn't new by any means, but to date is some of the most pointed behavior to come from Microsoft.
That being said, the new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge is much better than past iterations and honestly, is comparable to Google Chrome. Unfortunately, this move is only the newest in a series that has caused issues for users who just want to use a browser they're comfortable with.
With the release of Windows 11, Microsoft has made it even more difficult to change your default browser. Fortunately, we have an article to walk you through it.