Here’s how to set your default browser in Windows 10

1 Aug 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

14 Million People Are Already Using Windows 10.

Mozilla chief executive Chris Beard has written an open letter to Microsoft’s Satya Nadella, criticising the company’s decision to make Edge the default browser in Windows 10, even if the user is updating from a system that previously used Chrome or Firefox as the default. The company took a $7.5 billion write-down in its latest quarterly earning report today after conceding earlier this month that its acquisition of Nokia’s handset business wasn’t going to turn it into a viable competitor in the smartphone market. Mr Beard said he was “deeply disappointed” with the decision, accusing Mr Nadella of throwing away the choice his customers have made about the internet experience they want, and replacing it with the internet experience Microsoft wants them to have. He said that it sends technology backwards, which must be the equivalent of a ‘your mum’ insult for the million dollar technology industry CEO community.

Beard reminded Nadella that a previous attempt to get Microsoft to follow the advice of a market-disrupting rival fell on deaf ears, which is why Mozilla is repeating its warning. “I am writing to you about a very disturbing aspect of Windows 10. They are unsettling because there are millions of users who love Windows and who are having their choices ignored, and because of the increased complexity put into everyone’s way,” he said.

The Nokia boondoggle—former CEO Steve Ballmer’s parting gift to Nadella—led to what Bloomberg called the company’s biggest quarterly loss ever. Microsoft said that its priority with Windows 10 was to make the upgrade experience as simple as possible, and that it aimed to provide a “cohesive experience” following the upgrade. “During the upgrade, consumers have the choice to set defaults, including for web browsing.

Unfortunately, it didn’t result in any meaningful progress, hence this letter.” The letter follows on the same theme, but adds an element of superiority. Understandably, then, Nadella chose to focus on the future instead of that dismal moment now officially in its past during his earnings call with analysts today.

Beard said that Microsoft’s actions do not matter to Mozilla just because it runs a competing browser, but that they could have a detrimental effect on the millions of people who use Windows. “These changes aren’t unsettling to us because we’re the organisation that makes Firefox. He promised a more focused approach not just to mobile but to the rest of Microsoft as well. “Business process, collaboration, communications, these category boundaries are things I believe are going to change,” he said.

Nadella talked up the acquisition of field service software company FieldOne; the launch of the Cortana Analytics Suite; and the company’s plans to reach $20 billion in cloud computing revenue in 2018. As a remedy, in 2010, Microsoft agreed to offer Windows buyers a choice of alternatives such as Google’s Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Apple Safari when they first booted up their new operating system.

And of course Windows 10 is just days away from launch. “While the PC ecosystem has been under pressure recently, I do believe that Windows 10 will broaden our economic opportunities and return Windows to growth,” Nadella said. In 2013, the EU fined Microsoft £485 million, after the company omitted the ballot from Windows 7 Service Pack 1 for 14 months, from May 2011 until July 2012. Microsoft’s historic cash cow Office is meanwhile making a smooth transition to to the cross-platform mobile and cloud world with 150 million downloads of Office Mobile for iOS and Android.

Nadella said that 50,000 new small and medium businesses adopt Office 365 per month and that the service is already in use at four out of five of the Fortune 500. Ultimately, it seems that if Microsoft can keep convincing the world that it’s a new company with new priorities and new products worth buying, the worst could be over for a company with a starkly uncertain future when Nadella took the helm.

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