Microsoft quietly stops interfering with Chrome and Firefox installations on Windows 10

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

When Microsoft rolls out its big update for Windows 10 in October, there will be a new and annoying popup for users who try and install Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox on their machines. In fact, almost 60% of the worldwide market uses Chrome (according to StatCounter), which has to be the reason why Microsoft is resorting to questionable methods in order to convince Windows 10 users to stick with Edge rather than switch to another browser, such as Firefox or Google Chrome. It's clear Microsoft doesn't know, because it's resorted to using annoying pop-up warnings when users try to install another browser.

Microsoft really, really wants you to use its Edge browser.

This version of Windows 10 is now only available to Windows 10 Insiders, but will be rolled out to the public as part of Microsoft's Windows 10 October 2018 update. Similar prompts also appeared in Windows Explorer to select users. You could then choose to open Edge, or install your preferred browser anyway, reports Windows Central. The software simply installs as you would expect it to. This was also confirmed by a Microsoft spokesperson to ZDNet. There is a button that allows users to open the Edge browser instead of installing Firefox or Chrome. By Windows blocking the actual installation of a program, even temporarily, Microsoft is purposely getting in the way of what a user wants, which is far more annoying and unwanted.

While not as in your face as this new Edge test, Google has been known to promote Chrome when you visit their sites using a competing browser. Some analysts say Edge's share has fallen over the past year, so maybe Microsoft needs all the help it can get.

To be fair, this isn't the first time Microsoft has pulled these sort of unsolicited prompts in Windows 10. Google offers a free search engine and other free online services.

Since the launch of Microsoft Edge, the company has been trying to get users to use the browser instead of switching to third-party counterparts.

WTF?! As demonstrated by the methods it used to get people onto Windows 10, Microsoft isn't averse to using shady tactics when pushing its products.

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