Internet Explorer has always been the point of worry for Microsoft and Windows. Microsoft made it clear before the announcement of Windows 10 that with the next version of Windows, the users will have a much better and user friendly web browser, Microsoft Edge.
The skeptics commented then that Microsoft Edge is going to be nothing but a remodeled version of Internet Explorer. But since the launch of Windows 10, reports have been coming in from various users praising Microsoft Edge to a great extent.
But Microsoft has not played a fair game altogether. With Windows 10, you will have Microsoft Edge as your default web browser, unless you get into the settings manually and change it. The first voice in this regard was raised by Mozilla CEO Chris Beard. According to him, there is no doubt that Microsoft Edge is a new and better browser altogether, but what about the freedom of the users to choose the web browser that they want to.
Chris Beard Said, “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.”
Microsoft has started rolling out Windows 10 for personal computers since July 29 in over 190 countries. The express upgradation feature allows the users to upgrade to Windows 10 at ease, but it limits settings as desired by Microsoft. Many individuals have already slammed Microsoft for the aggressive act of overriding the users’ choice of Web browser.
Individuals who wish to change the default browser on Windows 10 will have to get through to the System Settings and then Change the Default browser from Microsoft Edge to their own preference.
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.