Microsoft announces a change in Browser Experience Policy

Microsoft has recently made some remarkable changes in the browser experience policy. With this policy, the software giant is focusing more on the behavior of the browsers that modify the content of the webpages. Recently, Microsoft published a blog on TechNet regarding the same policy, where the organization has explained more about the changing browser experience policy.

Changing browser experience


Browser Experience Policy

Microsoft mentions about the programs which can change the browser experience of a user. These programs when installed and run on a PC, make webpages look differently than the normal appearance. To change the browser look, feel and experience, such programs need to use the browsers’ extensibility models. Further it is mentioned that,

“Browsers’ extensibility models ensure user choice and control.  Extensible browsers present consent prompts that ensure users are asked to grant permission for an extension to be enabled.  It is done using a consistent language and placement that is straightforward and clear.”

Microsoft further adds that the programs using the browser’s extensibility models are needed for better user experience. To get a better browsing experience, users will need to use programs with the extensibility models, as per the ‘changing browser experience’ policy. With such requirement, it is ensured that the users are given the control of their choice.  Programs can only make such alterations to webpages when users grant them the permission to do so, using the browsers’ consistent and reliable consent prompting.

However, some programs that modify browsing access in ways that don’t insert or change web content won’t be considered under the changing browser experience policy.  Some of such programs include,

  • VPNs: software type that provides access
  • Parental control programs: software type that restricts access

Microsoft mentions that,

“If these programs don’t insert or change web content, then they are not changing browsing experiences. Therefore, they are not required to use the browsers’ extensibility models. Our intent with this policy is clear: we are determined to protect our customers’ choice and browsing experience control.  The requirement to use the browsers’ supported extensibility models is an important pillar in achieving this goal.”

Read Microsoft team’s blog regarding changing browsing experience.

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Ankit Gupta is a writer by profession and has more than 7 years of global writing experience on technology and other areas. He follows technological developments and likes to write about Windows & IT security. He has a deep liking for wild life and has written a book on Top Tiger Parks of India.

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