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Microsoft Edge warns Windows 10 users to avoid Chrome and Firefox

Microsoft Edge warns Windows 10 users to avoid Chrome and Firefox

But to what extent should you believe Microsoft's claims that its Edge browser is both "safer" and "faster" than the competition? The company recommends users to install Edge on its official websites, and asks users to use Edge instead of a different browser when they try changing their default browser on the OS.

Microsoft really, really wants you to use its Edge browser. The "Windows 10 October 2018 update" is expected to bring a bunch of new features, for instance, a new cloud clipboard that will sync across machines, dark theme support for File Explorer, "updated" snipping tool and improvements to Microsoft Edge. Not only that, but it's apparently "the safer, faster browser for Windows 10". Since this is an A/B test, not all installations of Build 17755 show this prompt.

If you click the box, you can select "Turn off app recommendations", and Windows 10 will stop bothering you in the future-at least until Microsoft adds another annoying type of message that pushes Edge.

Imagine a constant storm of warnings telling you not to install the software you want or need. How do you get those people to give Edge a chance? There are a number of other places where Microsoft promotes Edge, and it's generally quite annoying.

Microsoft has released Edge for Android and the browser has been well received by Android users.

That said Edge's score is only slightly lower than the others, and while it's missing some features, such as support for the 3D graphics rendering API WebGL 2, it supports some features missing from Chrome, such as the WebVR API for using virtual-reality headsets in the browser.

And, even after you make another browser your default, many things in Windows 10 ignore your preference and just open Edge anyway. The Verge points out that Microsoft is simply testing the prompt for now and that the change won't appear in the Windows 10 October update. This is an escalation in the war between Edge, Chrome, and Firefox. When you search for the Chrome download page in Edge, you get a giant banner telling you how great Edge is.

Microsoft sells an operating system we all pay for, even if it's built into the cost of the PCs we buy. So maybe you should make Edge a better browser instead of thinking up new ways to shove it in our faces.