Tack shifts with Windows 10

31 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Everything Great About Edge, Windows’ Killer New Browser.

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.After using Windows 10 for a while it becomes pretty clear that Microsoft is slowly moving as many former Control Panel functions as possible to the new Settings app. Microsoft likes Windows 10 so much, it makes Edge the default browser in Windows 10, even when you’re updating from a system that previously used Chrome or Firefox as the default. 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. 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. 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. 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. It’s not exactly clear why Microsoft changed this behavior, but the company did justify it as a way to reduce “some of the unwanted noise that multiple prompts can bring” during the testing of Windows 10.

So to help users restore their defaults after upgrading to Windows 10, Mozilla has put together a step-by-step tutorial and video (which isn’t riveting but does the trick). 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. 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.

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. When we asked Microsoft for a comment, we received the following from a company spokesperson: “We designed Windows 10 to provide a simple upgrade experience for users and a cohesive experience following the upgrade. 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.

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