Microsoft Windows 10 warns users not to install Chrome and Firefox browser

The newest Windows 10 Insider preview build includes a pop-up warning when users attempt to install Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox in their computer. Microsoft is testing a warning for Windows 10 users not to install Chrome or Firefox. Microsoft really doesn't want you to abandon Edge on Windows 10.

Windows 10 warns users not to install Chrome and Firefox

Microsoft is in the final stages of testing its Windows 10 October 2018 Update, and testers have spotted a new change that appears when you try to install a different web browser. “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 on the latest Windows 10 October 2018 Update.

Microsoft is just testing this prompt for now, and that it won’t appear in the final October update. Microsoft does test feature changes over the course of its updates, but this particular change appeared very late in the testing stages. The prompt may still appear in a future Windows 10 update, but that will depend on feedback to this controversial change.

Although the prompts can be turned off, they’re yet another example of Microsoft infesting Windows 10 with annoying pop-ups. Microsoft attempt to push Chrome or Firefox users to use Edge instead, but this latest one steps up Microsoft’s war against Chrome even further. It’s not clear why Microsoft want to include these irritating prompts, Windows 10 users will be more upset rather than convince them to switch to Edge.

When you open Edge and use Bing to search for "Chrome" or "Firefox" and a massive banner appears saying "Microsoft Edge is the faster, safer browser on Windows 10 and is already installed on your PC."

Microsoft Windows 10 not to install Chrome and Firefox browser

Microsoft tried a similar push to force Windows 10 Mail users to use Edge for all email links, but the company reversed the change after a backlash. This prompt is more of an irritating one off when you first install another browser, but the feedback will be another test for Microsoft’s “Windows as a service” model that relies on testers to provide responses to the company’s ongoing changes.

Upon opening the installation program for either of these browsers, Windows 10 opens a window which warns against installing the browser – stating that users “already have Microsoft Edge – the safer, faster browser for Windows 10”. Users can choose to open Microsoft Edge or install the third-party browser, and they can choose to disable future warnings by following a link to their OS Settings.

Testers have confirmed that this window pops up when attempting to install Chrome and Firefox. This version of Windows 10 is currently only available to Windows 10 Insiders, but will be rolled out to the public as part of Microsoft’s Windows 10 October 2018 update.


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