Microsoft is forcing users to adopt Edge on Windows 10. The Redmond-based firm has just passed a milestone in the practice of forced updates with its browser
Microsoft is forcing users to adopt Edge on Windows 10. The Redmond-based firm has just passed a milestone in the practice of forced updates with its browser. The latest update goes so far as to install Edge without the users' knowledge.
A window that occupies the entire screen, no way to remove it, software that I never installed or wanted that appears on my desktop, in my taskbar and that anticipates the launch of my next web page. Yes, it all looks like malware in its own right and most users would immediately launch an antivirus program to be sure.
But that's just not the case. The application that gets into your installation here is not obscure malware, only Microsoft Edge. This is because the American manufacturer tries to force users to choose Edge as their default browser via an automatic update. When starting their PC, many users were surprised to see Edge installed without their knowledge.
A new twist in the art of forced updates
The surprise doesn't end there. Once you arrive on the desktop, an Edge pop-up window occupies the entire screen, inviting you to exit your current browser for Edge. There is no way to stop the process, no cross or cancel. You must click on "Let's get started" to hope to get to the end.
At this point, the user is pleasantly surprised to see a shortcut to Edge on their desktop and another in the top position on the taskbar. To top it all off, Edge cannot be uninstalled after this update. Unsurprisingly, many users have expressed their dissatisfaction on social networks.
The Windows update forces a Microsoft Edge window in full screen, which cannot be closed from the taskbar, or CRTL W, or even ALT F4. You have to click on "Start", then click on X, and even there, a welcome screen appears. And it clings to the taskbar.
In response, Microsoft reminds us that it is always possible to say no to its recurring invitations. Saying no, however, is tantamount to forcing Edge to close and restoring your default browser. But yes, it is possible to say no.