Microsoft Is Forcing Edge Down Your Throats A Little Bit At A Time

I came across something in the Microsoft Windows Blog over the weekend that quite literally made my head explode. In the latest insider build of Windows 10, that’s their beta test program by the way, Microsoft has set it up so that Windows Mail will open any links within emails with Microsoft Edge, even if you’ve set another browser as your default browser.

Here’s how the folks in Redmond spin this:

For Windows Insiders in the Skip Ahead ring, we will begin testing a change where links clicked on within the Windows Mail app will open in Microsoft Edge, which provides the best, most secure and consistent experience on Windows 10 and across your devices.

With built-in features for reading, note-taking, Cortana integration, and easy access to services such as SharePoint and OneDrive, Microsoft Edge enables you to be more productive, organized and creative without sacrificing your battery life or security. As always, we look forward to feedback from our WIP community.

Here’s some feedback Microsoft, it’s a stupid idea.

If I set my default browser to be something other than Edge, then it implies that I don’t want to use Edge. Period. End of story. Trying to get me to use Edge via the “drip drip” method is a non-starter. I say that they’re using the “drip drip” method because today it’s going to be Windows Mail opening links. Tomorrow it will be something else equally as trivial. And so on until your only browsing experience is via Edge. I can already see that there’s blowback to this online that Microsoft will somehow have to manage. But I suspect they’ll manage this by ignoring the naysayers and pushing ahead. I say that because Microsoft Edge accounts for just 4.99 per cent of Windows desktop browsing worldwide according Netmarketshare. That’s insanely low and clearly Microsoft are desperate to bump that up any way they can.

Good luck with that Microsoft.


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