Mozilla angry with Microsoft over Windows 10 browser defaults
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. In an open letter to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella earlier today, Mozilla CEO Chris Beard has accused Microsoft of what he calls an “aggressive move to override user choice on Windows 10”.
The cause of this displeasure is possibly the fact that Microsoft Windows 10 automatically sets the new Microsoft Edge software as the default browser in the new operating system for PCs. 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.
Before Chrome and Firefox loyalists get really worried, it is important to clarify that it is possible to change the default web browser back to the one of your choice. There is a simple way of reverting back. First, open the Firefox browser in Windows 10 and head to settings—here, go to the General tab and click on “Make Default”. At this point, the Windows Settings app (also available at Start -> Settings) will open and take you to the Default Apps tab. Here, scroll down to Web Browser. Click on this, and a pop-up will open. From that pop-up, select Firefox and close the Settings window. Users can follow the same process for Chrome, or any other web browser.
This isn’t the first time Microsoft has got into trouble over the web browser issue. 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.
We tried the Edge browser and found that the speed was at par with Chrome, and even better at some instances. The reality is that with Edge in Windows 10, Microsoft has finally made a web browser that’s not just a massive improvement compared with its ageing predecessor, the Internet Explorer, but is at par with the likes of Chrome in terms of speed and performance.
Microsoft may actually need not worry this outburst. 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. While Google Chrome has a 27.23% share, Mozilla Firefox is in the third place with just 12.06% share.