How to make Chrome your default Windows 10 browser

31 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Mozilla boss slams Microsoft for lack of browser choice in 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.

Windows 10 was released earlier this week, and its launch turned out to be very successful, garnering about 14 million users within the first couple of days. 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. There have been a few controversial features so far, including a hidden fee and an unhelpful error message, but the one that people are most upset about is a feature that quietly changes your default browser for you. 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. There is an option to maintain your old browser, but you have to click the button that says “customize settings,” which is much smaller than the express option, and then click another button later on to actually enable customization (hint: if you put on your reading glasses, you’ll find it at the bottom left of the screen). 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. 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. 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.

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.

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