Microsoft in rift with Mozilla over Windows 10

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Install Windows 10 the easy way

One of the most controversial changes in Microsoft’s new Windows 10 OS is the tech giant’s decision to make Edge the default browser.

Mozilla, the company behind rival browser Firefox, is not very happy about the move. Their CEO has gone public by accusing Microsoft of making an “aggressive move to override user choice.”

Open letter

Mozilla CEO Chris Beard has written an open letter to his Microsoft counterpart Satya Nadella in which he called on Microsoft to reverse the new move.

Although Windows 10 still allows users to preserve their browser settings, the new system’s default setting makes the availability of this option less obvious.

Beard’s letter states: “The upgrade process now appears to be purposefully designed to throw away the choices its customers have made about the Internet experience they want, and replace it with the Internet experience Microsoft wants them to have.”

Browser battle

Firefox currently ranks third in browser popularity behind Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, according to data from web tracker Net Applications. Google’s Chrome is the second most popular browser.

Beard said he took the “open letter” route because his company contacted Microsoft after an initial viewing of the new OS but it “didn’t result in any meaningful progress, hence this letter.”

Technical details

Users updating to Windows 10 won’t find rival browsers uninstalled, but they will need to launch their old browser of choice and take a couple of steps to make it their default.

Mozilla has made a tutorial to help Firefox users who are upgrading to Windows 10 through the process, while Microsoft released a statement saying the company was open to making future adjustments based on user feedback.


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