Microsoft is forcing Edge on users by disabling other browsers

By: Ivan Jenic
2 minute read

Microsoft released Windows 10 build 14971 last week. We already told you about some of the most common issues caused by this build but apparently, that’s not all.

One user reports on Microsoft’s forums that the last couple of builds set Microsoft Edge as the default browser in Windows 10. In addition to that, none of his desktop website shortcuts seem to work with any other browser, except for Edge.

Here’s what he said on the forums:

Hi…Edge is set to default after the upgrade….I don’t like this….but what is worse is after I reset Firefox…my Desktop short cuts to web sites do not work anymore as with build 14965….if I change Edge back to default then the short cuts work….but I do not want or like Edge…. If M$ is forcing us to use Edge then I will no longer endorse Windows 10 period. I will wait to see what happens…I hope this is just a stitch gone loose  in the continued construction of this windows 10 project.

This is a very annoying issue, especially for those who don’t use Edge on a regular basis. It is well known that Microsoft encourages Windows 10 users to use Edge through various tips, suggestions and test results. However, this is something completely different.

Windows 10 is literally forcing Microsoft Edge down users’ throat by crippling other browsers. Now, since this happened in Windows 10 Preview, we cannot say for sure this was done on  purpose, and it probably wasn’t.

All in all, Microsoft needs to fix this issue, because it will only drive away users from switching to Edge, because no one likes to be forced into something. Remember what happened with the Windows 10 upgrade process?

Have you noticed any similar issues with Edge or some other unusual features in the latest Windows 10 build? If the answer is yes, let us know in the comments.

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