Firefox boss attacks Microsoft over the default browser settings in Windows 10

31 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Everything Great About Edge, Windows’ Killer New Browser.

If you have been lucky enough to upgrade to Windows 10, then the chances are you noticed the Edge browser has become you default on the shiny new operating system.Mozilla CEO Chris Beard has blasted Microsoft in a pair of posts to the organization’s blog, arguing that Windows 10’s default browser settings are a “dramatic step backwards” for respecting user choice.Microsoft MSFT 1.27% began its Windows 10 ad campaign last week by having Ethan Hawke explain to us how adorable babies will grow up with this wonderful new technology, appealing to consumers’ love for smooth voices, catchy songs, and cuteness.

When people update their devices to Microsoft’s new operating system, their default browsers are automatically changed to Microsoft Edge, the successor to Internet Explorer that’s included with Windows 10. Internet Explorer, Microsoft’s previous browser, has gained a reputation as insecure, incompatible with many websites, and prone to crashing, and because of this Microsoft has fallen behind Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox in the race for the best Internet browser—and Edge feels like Microsoft’s attempt to avenge its fallen soldier. The default browser parameters are applied while upgrading or installing a fresh copy of Windows 10, irrespective of your browser preference on previous Windows versions. Beard has a point, especially since a small tweak like this could wipe out Mozilla Firefox from a lot of systems. “We appreciate that it’s still technically possible to preserve people’s previous settings and defaults, but the design of the whole upgrade experience and the default settings APIs have been changed to make this less obvious and more difficult. In an open letter to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Beard said that’s no good, since doing so from Firefox requires three or four mouse clicks (roughly twice as many as before) and scrolling to the bottom of a seven-item list.

If an app like Chrome or Firefox wants to set itself as the default it can still generate a pop-up on first launch, but it now throws a Windows 10 user to a new settings page to then choose the actual default app. While Internet Explorer is not dead yet (Internet Explorer 11 comes with the new Windows 10, you just have to search for it), its memory will live on in Edge’s nearly identical icon. It now takes more than twice the number of mouse clicks, scrolling through content and some technical sophistication for people to reassert the choices they had previously made in earlier versions of Windows. In a blog post accompanying the letter, the Mozilla CEO said it was “bewildering” that Microsoft made that choice, especially after the company’s antitrust troubles. “The upgrade process now appears to be purposefully designed to throw away the choices its customers have made about the Internet experience they want, and replace it with the Internet experience Microsoft wants them to have,” he wrote.

Mozilla’s argument that this is more complex is fair as there are more steps to take to actually change your default browser and it will likely generate confusion among some consumers. Although, Windows will guide you all the way to the settings, non technical users who don’t have any idea where to make those clicks will certainly find themselves using Edge as their new browser. The upgrade doesn’t uninstall competing browsers, and those that check to make sure they’re set as users’ defaults (like Firefox and Chrome) will prompt people who open them after upgrading to move away from Edge. That being said, if you are looking for a specific feature that you don’t see in periphery of the browser window, you’ll have to click the ellipses icon in the top right corner. Mozilla voiced similar concerns over Microsoft’s browser changes with Windows RT back in 2012. “We strongly urge you to reconsider your business tactic here and again respect people’s right to choice and control of their online experience,” says Beard. “Please give your users the choice and control they deserve in Windows 10.” Microsoft has responded with the following statement: “We designed Windows 10 to provide a simple upgrade experience for users and a cohesive experience following the upgrade.

Mozilla announced they are rolling out support materials and a tutorial video to help guide everyone through the process of preserving their choices on Windows 10. “Mozilla exists to bring choice, control and opportunity to everyone. Still, the change of defaults could cut down on the use of Mozilla’s browser, since it could cause some people to abandon Firefox because it’s no longer the default experience on their computers. When we first saw the Windows 10 upgrade experience that strips users of their choice by effectively overriding existing user preferences for the Web browser and other apps, we reached out to your team to discuss this issue. To add to the reading list, go to the page of your choosing, click the star icon (☆) to the right of the reading view icon, and then click the reading list icon.

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