According to some reports, Google has stopped scaring Edge users to switch to Chrome for faster and secure browsing. Well, that is not true. We still continue to see recommendations from Google to switch to Chrome while using Google Drive on Edge.
It appears that Google’s desperation to steal away Edge users is far from over, and Google is still recommending Edge users to switch to Chrome. We received a pop-up while using Google Drive on Edge, as follows:
Google continues pushing Edge users to install Chrome
As a part of our testing, we used Google Drive on Microsoft Edge Canary and Edge Stable release and we received a recommendation pop-up from Google to switch to Chrome on both these versions. While using Google Drive on Edge, we received a recommendation pop-up at the top right corner:
“Google recommends using Chrome. Try a fast, secure browser with updates built in”
The controversy started after Google was caught persuading Edge users to shift to Chrome in order to “use extensions securely” last month. All Google was trying to suggest is that the new Microsoft Edge, which is based on the Chromium engine, is a potential security hazard since it lacks a safe browsing mode.
Microsoft Edge developer Eric Lawrence has already addressed Google’s hatemongering in his own style. In his tweet, Lawrence ensured that Edge protects its users from malicious extensions. He also attached a screenshot of Fiddler’s Web Debugger, which confirmed that Edge queries extension stores for updates every 2-4 hours and queries threat updates every 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, Google appears to have finally stopped showing such warnings to Edge users on the Chrome Web Store.
Microsoft warning Edge users
Meanwhile, Edge continues to seek permission from users before downloading extensions from the Chrome Web Store.
In case you don’t know, once the permission is granted, Microsoft ironically warns users against downloading extensions from anywhere other than Microsoft store.