Microsoft reportedly warning users not to install Chrome, Firefox on Windows 10

Judy Cobb
September 13, 2018

On the Windows 10 October 2018 update, the below warning now appears when you open the installers for Chrome or Firefox. When you download the installer for these browsers and try to install them, the Edge prompt will pop up, suggesting that "Edge is the faster, safer browser designed for Windows". Google pushes Chrome on all of its properties when users use different browsers to connect to them, and Microsoft too displayed notifications on the Windows 10 platform to users who used other browsers that Edge was more secure or power friendly. In Windows 10 version 1803 and previous, the default option for this setting was "install apps from anywhere", but now it's been changed to "show me app recommendations", which is what is prompting the warning when installing Chrome and Firefox".

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. In a bid to claw back some much-needed market share, Microsoft is implementing a rather cheeky "feature" in its Edge browser. The prompt that Microsoft displays claims that Edge is safer and faster, and it puts the Open Microsoft Edge button on focus and not the "install anyway" button. "If I wanted to use your browser, I would". Luckily the pop-up will take you right to the necessary section in the Settings app-"Apps & features"-so you can disable the "app recommendations" option that allows it and other prompts hawking Microsoft's software to appear". We have a serious bone to pick with Windows 10's development team here: This message sounds like it's about safety, but it's just about Microsoft's profits. Meanwhile, another Twitter user reported the same issue with Chrome, Vivaldi, Opera, and Firefox browsers.

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Microsoft has released Edge for Android and the browser has been well received by Android users. A user who initiates the installation of a browser does so on objective. So maybe you should make Edge a better browser instead of thinking up new ways to shove it in our faces.

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