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Microsoft Edge in Windows 10 starts browser war with Mozilla, Chrome


While Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has announced that its Windows 10 operating system is now running on more than 14 million computers in 24 hours, Mozilla CEO is quite unhappy about its new Edge browser. Microsoft’s move to make Edge the default browser in the new OS has come under criticism from Mozilla CEO Chris Beard.Microsoft-Edge-Windows10-Browser

In an open letter, Beard has said that the company’s decision is rather aggressive that limits a user’s choice. It is also quite complex for a user to revert to the original browser like Chrome, Firefox or Opera. The letter states that Microsoft wants to throw away choices, replace with Internet experience that the company wants to have. He requested the company to provide the choice and control they deserve in  Windows 10.

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“It’s complicated, arduous to navigate and straightforward to get misplaced,” said Beard’s letter to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.

Mozilla has tried to get in touch with Microsoft to address its concern, and this eventually led to this open letter.  The letter also expresses Mozilla’s frustration over declining popularity.  Though unpopular, Internet Explorer accounts for 52 percent of web traffic, Google Chrome with 17 percent of web traffic and Firefox with 10 percent share. However, the new OS installation does not remove the browsers, but users will have to go through a series of steps to revert back to their preferred browser.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has said that they are taking visual cues from style changes appearing in Windows 10, and they are reducing the overall browser UI footprint to increase space for viewing the web. Mozilla has released a  tutorial video to restore browser preferences in Windows 10. Beard has added that these forced preferences could hamper Windows users as they are used to customization options. Windows 10 users who try out Edge eventually would decide if they want to use the new browser or change their preference. Microsoft has taken not of the letter, and is set to make changes based on the feedback.

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