A few days ago We were talking about the new Microsoft Edge and not for good, although until now that had been the predominant tone when dealing with the new Microsoft web browser. And it is that Microsoft has done a very good job with Edge (leaving aside the pernicious for the privacy it has, because for those who already use Windows 10 it is just one more tablespoon of the same).
We were talking about the new Microsoft Edge in unflattering terms, I say, and the reason was none other than the terrible behavior of the browser when it comes to importing data. Because when you open the browser for the first time … Sorry, when the browser opens by itself for the first time, asking you to make it the default and suggesting you import your data from other browsers … It’s like the guy you meet on the street and you Ask for a few euros to take the bus, but before you answer, he has already taken them from your wallet.
As is: that’s why the headline the other day did not like some very much, even though it was sadly accurate. He said a comment that “stealing is appropriating something without the owner’s consent” and that he did not understand that this had to do with what Microsoft Edge does when importing data … But that is exactly what it does: it appropriates the saved data in other browsers and only when you have let it finish the process and indicate that you do not want to import, it removes them… Without having synchronized them to the cloud before? Who knows.
However, this is not the only malicious attitude that Microsoft is having with the new Edge. One of the latest system updates (Windows 10 2004, but also minor ones in previous versions) is trying to swallow the user with the browser in the old Mafia style of those of Redmond, which is as painful as awkward, when the truth is that for the first time in many years they can boast of an application that offers a value that competes with the best in its category and, therefore, promotes itself positively.
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
– Taran Quarantino (@TaranVH) July 2, 2020
By the way, and so that there are no confusion about the terms I am using (as happened with that of stealing, whose second meaning is that of “taking for oneself, or stealing in any way whatsoever”), mafioso comes from mafia , whose third meaning is that of “an organized group that tries to defend its interests without too much scruple.”
Well, that’s the attitude you’re having Microsoft when ‘promoting’ the new Edge among users, as many of them denounce on social networks and media such as The Verge. Once the aforementioned update arrives, which introduces the so-called “First execution experience” in the change log, the user will find …
- That the new Microsoft Edge is going to be installed without having requested it, which has its justification as it is the official replacement of the previous Windows web browser.
- That Microsoft Edge starts in full screen and begins to import data without being noticed, as I have described before.
- That, of course, tries to make the user take it as the default web browser of the system, without offering a clearly obvious option to refuse it (until the processes that it executes behind the user’s back have ended).
- Even if everything you ask for is denied, it adds its own icon to the desktop panel.
- That of denying everything you ask for prematurely, it closes -this could be a failure- without correctly applying the changes and remains as the default browser.
- And that even doing everything properly, that is, stoically enduring to finish doing everything that nobody asked him and rejecting it, when you reopen a website the suggestion that “Microsoft Edge” you will like will reappear on the screen and such…
All this, as I have pointed out, is the worst mistake that Microsoft could make with an application that has a lot in its favor, because what it causes in many users is an absolute rejection of the ways that directly translates into the image of the product, as demonstrated by taking a look at what many Windows users are publishing over the Internet. And if the adjectives that I have used bother you, better not read what some media in the United States say.
One last note about Microsoft Edge’s “pernicious privacy”: Google Chrome doesn’t go to extremes, even if it has its own. But one thing does not remove the other and if Windows 10 is already used without worrying about the issue, the rest of the browser’s benefits can compensate. So what Microsoft is doing to ‘present’ it to the user is so obscene.