This is far from the first fight and it likely won’t be the last, but Mozilla vs. Windows 10 over browser settings might just be the first round. The new operating system developed by Microsoft has so far met excellent reviews and it displayed an unexpectedly good performance. It has only been a few days, but it’s well on its way to erasing the dark memories of Windows 8.
July 29th has been a good and glorious day for Microsoft, with over 14 million people installing the new Windows 10 on their computers. It showed great excitement and promise of another success to mirror Windows 7. However, that might just be getting ahead of expectations, as there are still a few tweaks to solve. In all fairness, there always are.
For the most part, people have declared themselves as happy with the freshly released OS, but Mozilla has something to say about it. The features have become more difficult from a technical standpoint and take longer in order to change the browser settings, thus making it more difficult for users to install Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome or Opera.
The previously default browser, Internet Explorer, accounts for 52% of users, but is yet considered vastly unpopular. Rival software such as Mozilla and Chrome have taken over in people’s minds, even if they have only a share of under 10% and 17% respectively. The general opinion is that Internet Explorer is outdated, slow and vastly littered with bugs.
This has led Microsoft to no longer bother with updating their browser and shed the name to make way for their new Edge internet browser instead. It’s good, fast, light and has a sleek design, but some believe that it’s incorporated unfairly.
In a letter to Microsoft, Mozilla CEO Chris Beard has called out on the company’s strategy by critiquing the modifications which makes it more difficult to switch from Edge to any other browser. The process takes “twice the number of mouse clicks” and some “technical sophistication” that the average user will have a hard time discovering by themselves.
The update is stated to inhibit the Windows 10 user’s choice from picking the preferred browser to better enjoy their Internet experience. It replaced the users choice with what “Microsoft wants them to have”.
Beard encouraged and urged Microsoft’s CEO, Satya Nadella, to review their tactics and offer an update that might lower the time and difficulty of users returning to their preferred browsers.
In the meantime down, Mozilla has decided to take matters into their own hands and released a video on how Windows 10 settings can be modified in order to replace Edge with Mozilla, even if Firefox is still in its beta where it concerns adapting to the new operating system.
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