Mozilla angry with Microsoft over Windows 10 defaults

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10 Things to Know About Microsoft Windows 10.

Mozilla isn’t happy with Microsoft over the Redmond giant’s decision to make its new Edge the default web browser in the Windows 10 operating system, and the company is making its feeling public. 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. 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. The shift will happen even when a user is upgrading on a Windows 7/Windows 8.1 computer on which they had previously set Mozilla Firefox or Google’s Chrome as the default browser. “The update experience appears to have been designed to throw away the choice your customers have made about the Internet experience they want, and replace it with the Internet experience Microsoft wants them to have,” wrote Beard.

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. However, with the launch of Windows 10 we are deeply disappointed to see Microsoft take such a dramatic step backwards.” To once again make Chrome or Firefox your default, you have to open your browser of choice and go through a few steps to tell Windows 10 about your choice. 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. That’s right, Microsoft Windows 10 has hit the Internets (intentional misspelling, natch) and that means you should immediately go ahead and download it onto your laptop, right? 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.

Well, to help you decide if that is a wise course of action or if it might be smarter to just get a new iPhone app, here are ten things to know that are important for small business owners (or anyone who owns a laptop). 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. Beard, who calls this an “aggressive move,” urges Microsoft to change its business tactics. “These changes aren’t unsettling to us because we’re the organization that makes Firefox,” he writes. “They are unsettling because there are millions of users who love Windows and who are having their choices ignored, and the increased complexity put into everyone’s way if and when they choose to make a choice different than what Microsoft prefers.” Mozilla, though, it’s worth noting, also had a few issues lately. Beard said he’s concerned not because of Mozilla’s position as the maker of Firefox, but because Microsoft isn’t respecting choices users made when they were using previous versions of Windows. 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. Back in 2009, the European Commission had asked Microsoft to add a “Choice screen”, allowing users to choose among the various web browser options available then. It’s a good question to ask, even if Microsoft has been putting a fresh face on the OS for years instead of messing too much with how drivers for your printer, scanners, and other office gear work. According to numbers released by web usage tracking website NetMarketShare, which it released in June before Windows 10 was rolled out, 54% PC users still stick with Internet Explorer.

There’s no way of knowing how many patches Microsoft might need to make for Windows 10, and we do live in an age when even a large security update might take seconds if you are on a fast Internet connection. Well, this one depends on who you ask–but all signs point to a future when there is no such thing as a new Microsoft smartphone that syncs perfectly with Windows.

It’s not a big deal if you use Android or an iPhone because most of the cloud data we use today is synced easily without needing to use a laptop at all. It’s worth noting that Microsoft has put a ton of effort into this release, especially in terms of making apps that run the same on many different devices — from tablets and laptops to weird desktop computers like the HP Sprout. There’s something about using a Mac that matches up nicely with the entrepreneurial mindset, that rare breed that is not afraid to go against the norm. if that’s your statement, keep making it.

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