The new Windows 10 has recently started rolling out on personal computers all over the world, and Mozilla already has a bone to pick with it. The number two most-used browser isn’t very happy with Edge being the default web browser in the new operating system, and the feelings were made public.
Mozilla CEO Chris Beard has just written an open letter to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, accusing Microsoft of aggressively overriding the user’s choice of browser. Mozilla’s displeasure was caused by the fact that the new – and long-awaited – Windows 10 operating system sets Edge the default browser.
For users who have been using Mozilla Firefox or Google’s Chrome as default on their PCs, the update from Windows 7/Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 will override any previous choice. Beard argued that Microsoft is trying to make the choice for the user regarding the kind of Internet experience they want to have.
But Chrome and Firefox fans have no cause for concern, as Microsoft has made it clear that any user can change back the default web browser to whichever they prefer. And it’s rather simple because each web browser has a ‘Make Default’ option under Settings, which will remain available still after the upgrade.
So, either way, users have still got a choice to make: either trying out what Edge can do, or go back straight to their browser of choice. But this is not the first time the web browser has gotten Microsoft in trouble.
Back in 2009, the company was required by the European Commission to include a “Choice screen” that would enable users to make their own choice from the various web browser options that are available.
So far, user tests on the Edge browser have found it as quick as Chrome, and even faster in some instances. In fact, releasing Edge with Windows 10 was a very important move for Microsoft; not only did they step up the game after its ancient predecessor, the Internet Explorer, flopped, but it can also raise to the level of the big players in terms of performance and speed.
Microsoft might want to take heed to this outburst. According to the most recent numbers, Chrome and Mozilla are the top two browsers used worldwide. Edge will have a tough ladder to climb, but the start already sounds promising.
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