Windows 10 ‘warns’ users to use Edge instead of other browsers

It appears Microsoft has come up with a new trick to convince Windows 10 users to use Microsoft Edge instead of rival browsers from Google, Mozilla, etc. This inference rests on the premise that the new Insider Build 17744 for Windows 10 users, scheduled to be available next month for the public as Windows 10 2018 October update warns users to switch to Edge while attempting to install Firefox browser.

Earlier too, there have been multiple attempts from Microsoft prodding Windows 10 users to switch to Edge as the default browser, but the latest move marks some difference.

Microsoft wants Windows 10 users to use Edge

A user who sensed the change took to Twitter to report that when he proceeds to launch the Firefox installer a Windows 10 prompt shows up insisting the user try Microsoft Edge which it claims to be faster and safer in comparison to its counterparts.

Also, the message displays a large bold button titled “Open Microsoft Edge” and “Install now” adjacent to it to install the browser right away. The prompt then proceed further to highlight some of the new features in the browser. Like, including the ability to annotate web pages, distraction-free Reading Mode and others. When allowed to install, Edge browser launches itself as the default browser for the operating system.

Microsoft has reponded by saying – We’ve tested this functionality with Insiders only – The Windows Insider Program enables Microsoft to test different features, functionality and garner feedback before rolling out broadly. Customers remain in control and can choose the browser of their choice.

Although Microsoft Edge has been designed from the ground-up to correctly, quickly, and reliably render web pages, and improve productivity it has not turned out to be a rip-roaring success. Plus, it has not been embraced by those upgrading to the new operating system. A large chunk of Windows 10 users still prefers using Mozilla’s Firefox or Google’s Chrome.

What’s your take on the story? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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The author Hemant Saxena is a post-graduate in technology and has an immense interest in following Microsoft and other technology developments around the world. Quiet by nature, he is an avid Lacrosse player.


  1. Donald Saunders

    I will stick with the browser I am currently using which is Vivaldi. Yes,, it may not be the fastest or greatest, but I like it. I am waiting for Microsoft to one day have there EDGE browser run no mater what. I know one day they are going to try to make it where you can not change the default browser. Didn’t they try that once before when the old Internet Explorer browser was used?

  2. Happy Jr.

    Well I got a nice little pop up in Microsoft Edge that let’s me know I already have Edge installed when I was trying to reinstall Chrome.

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