In an effort to promote its web browser, Microsoft Edge, the corporation has begun sending out prompt messages to Windows 11 customers advising them to avoid installing Google Chrome and instead use the pre-installed Edge browser. This appears to be a last-ditch effort by Microsoft to get its own browser known.
The new prompts come more than three years after Microsoft began developing ways to warn Windows 10 users not to install Chrome or Firefox a couple of years ago.
Those tests, however, were never made public, but with Windows 11, Microsoft has found a new technique, which may already be irritating many people.
Some of the prompts, first reported by Neowin, include messages like “Microsoft Edge runs on the same technology as Chrome, with the added trust of Microsoft.” While some other prompts included: “That browser is so 2008! Do you know what’s new? Microsoft Edge,” and “‘I hate saving money,’ said no one ever. Microsoft Edge is the best browser for online shopping.”
To be entirely fair to Microsoft, whether utilising its search engine or other services, Google has likewise delivered such pop-ups and instructions. However, Google does provide the option to reject such offers.
Microsoft has made switching to the default browser on Windows 11 more difficult than ever before, in addition to sending reminders like this. After downloading a new browser, the user must now select the default browser for each type of online link.