Microsoft Won’t Let You Uninstall Its New Edge Browserinternet explorer deja vú antitrust microsoft
Posted 09 August 2020 - 01:28 AM
If you’re not a fan of Microsoft’s new, Chromium-based version of Edge, you’ll probably have to live with it. A new support document has confirmed that Windows 10 users won’t be allowed to uninstall it, nor use its legacy version.
“Beginning with general availability of the new Microsoft Edge in January, Microsoft has migrated Windows customers from the legacy version of Microsoft Edge to the new version in a phased rollout,” the company wrote. “We want to ensure all Windows customers have the latest Microsoft Edge browser for the performance, privacy, security, productivity, and support features it offers.”
A Windows 10 update forces a full screen @MicrosoftEdge window, which cannot be closed from the taskbar, or CTRL W, or even ALT F4. You must press "get started," then the X, and even then it pops up a welcome screen. And pins itself to the taskbar. pic.twitter.com/mEhEbqpIc7
I'm guessing Microsoft's lawyers believe they have found some legal loophole around the 2001 United States v. Microsoft Corp antitrust case. From ¶ 2 on the Wikipedia page; The plaintiffs alleged that Microsoft had abused monopoly power on Intel-based personal computers in its handling of operating system and web browser integration.
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(my 'world of hurt' that my kids built in a day & is easier to maintain than Windows)
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Posted 09 August 2020 - 12:44 PM
Posted 09 August 2020 - 05:21 PM
This just doesn't let you uninstall it, but it doesn't force you to use it.
And, as Camper pointed out... its not a monopoly anything, as Chrome beats them to death in market share.
Posted 21 August 2020 - 01:28 PM
Posted 30 September 2020 - 10:56 AM
In Mac, i have Safari damaged. Now, behold! I cannot install it there as it is a built-in app.
Posted 01 October 2020 - 06:27 PM
Then all you have to do is go into the settings and search for “default apps” - thatll bring up the right control panel, and you just change the default browser. Chrome and Firefox both have a one-click button that takes youndirectly to the spot you need to change it.
I certainly dont use Edge on my gaming PC, or my HTPC, both of which are Win10. I use Chrome. Works fine. Though, TBQH, Edge is fine. Its based on Chromium (the open source version of Chrome) so its basically just a Microsoft skin on top of Chrome. You can even set up Google cloud integration (so on your other devices with Chrome, like a Chromebook or whatever, the tabs and browsing data from Edge are still sunced as if it were Chrome.)
But.. yeah. Its easy to just disable Edge and use another browser as default.
Posted 02 October 2020 - 10:03 AM
It's just very weird that Apple has this in-build approach which implies you cannot install Safari manually in cases like mine and, in contrast, Microsoft is no wiser imposing their Edge nightmare. Google muse be very happy.
Posted 03 October 2020 - 05:07 PM
I have no idea about Safari, but ive never had trouble uninstalling it and re-installing it, though since i never use it and only keep it for "website is acting weird, try other browsers" issues.
And what games could possibly require you to use Safari?
Posted 08 February 2021 - 06:36 AM