Last year, Microsoft Edge was re-built using the same technology as Chrome. Still, it does not help lower Google Chrome’s popularity. Now, Microsoft has arguably gone too far by forcing its new Edge browser users not to download Google Chrome. As reported by Neowin, when you open the download page for Chrome in Edge Canary, you may now be greeted with a message saying, “that browser is so 2008”. The message naturally urges you to keep using Edge, and there’s no obvious way to dismiss it, either.
Microsoft Edge is playing dirty games
Microsoft does not stop here. It went on to target Google’s privacy and data policies, which have been a point of scrutiny by some over the past few years. As Neowin points out, there are other versions of the same message, too, stating, “Microsoft Edge runs on the same technology as Chrome, with the added trust of Microsoft. Browse securely now.” Another pop-up message reads, “I hate saving money,’ said no one ever. Microsoft Edge is the best browser for online shopping.”
Google also occasionally sends such pop-ups and prompts when using its search engine or other services. A classic one reads; Your security matters: Google recommends using Chrome. A fast and secure browser. Try it?” The good point here is that at least Google allows the option to reject its advances. Unfortunately, that’s not the case for Edge, though.
Warning tests in 2018
A few years back, Microsoft tested a warning for Windows 10 users not to install Chrome or Firefox. “You already have Microsoft Edge – the safer, faster browser for Windows 10”, says a prompt that appears when you run the Chrome or Firefox installers. Although, those tests were never rolled out publicly. Microsoft’s war against Chrome even further. It’s not clear why Microsoft thinks it’s a good idea to include these irritating prompts, as all they’re likely to do is anger Windows 10 users rather than convince them to keep using its services.