Microsoft is testing “warning” for Windows 10 users not to install rival browsers

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Credit: https://www.theverge.com/2018/9/12/17850146/microsoft-windows-10-chrome-firefox-warning

Microsoft Edge is taking its rivalry with other browsers to a whole new level. The software giant is testing “warning” for Windows 10 users not to install Chrome or Firefox. Users, according to The Verge, users have spotted a new change that appears when a user tries to install a rival web browser—Chrome or Firefox for example.

A prompt warning a user when a browser other than Edge is being installed instantly appears: “You already have Microsoft Edge – the safer, faster browser for Windows 10.” This appears when you run Chrome or Firefox on the latest Windows 10 October 2018 update.

Well, it looks like the prompt is not going to be a part of the final October update, according to The Verge. This is based on the fact that the change was not documented in any of Microsoft’s blog posts. Microsoft could, however, be encouraged to add the prompt should it get positive feedback from users.

While Microsoft may indeed use this prompt to intensify its war against other browsers, it may not go down well with Windows 10 users who may view it as annoying.

The browser war dates way back, and no one can really stick out his neck to predict where it is going to end up. In 2016, Microsoft claimed that its Edge browser prolongs the hours of your laptop battery compared to Chrome, Opera and Firefox.

The company’s claim was based on a recent research it carried out where some common websites were cycled. After testing popular websites like YouTube, Facebook, Wikipedia and Amazon, the Edge browser lasted seven hours and 22 minutes on a Surface Book system. However, Google’s Chrome browser only lasted just four hours and 19 minutes.

The Opera web browser at the time was not far behind the Microsoft Edge, with its battery-saving mode lasting six hours and 18 minutes, while Firefox lasted five hours nine minutes during the test. The tech giant didn’t limit its test to how long each system runs; it also tested the power draw of the Wi-Fi, CPU, and GPU as well. The project pulled 2.1W in Edge, drew 2.8W in Chrome, 3.1W in Opera, and 3,2W in Firefox. According to the test, the lower pull translates to the longer battery life.

Microsoft also tested the effect of video streaming on the battery. Running the latest version of Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Opera, Microsoft streamed the same HD video wirelessly on each of the” device and also set up a video camera to record the laptops until each one died.” Doing this, the company took note of the time it took each device to stop playing.

The outcome of the test on video streaming on the Surface Books lasted longer than other browsers—lasting three hours longer than Chrome. According to Microsoft, the Edge browser lasted “long enough to finish the final movie”, while others stalled out halfway through the test.


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Author: Ola Ric

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