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Mozilla cries foul over the default browser in Windows 10, but Google Chrome sent a cake to the Edge team

Mozilla cries foul over the default browser in Windows 10, but Google Chrome sent a cake to the Edge team

by AshwinJuly 31, 2015

Mozilla’s CEO, Chris Beard, has written an open letter to Satya Nadella, the CEO of Microsoft.


The developer of the popular browser, Firefox, is reportedly unhappy with the new default browser in Windows 10.

No, Mozilla doesn’t hate Edge, the problem is that Windows 10 enables its own default apps,. So, once a user upgrades to Windows 10, Microsoft Edge will be the default browser in Windows 10.

And Mozilla is afraid that it might lose users, and why shouldn’t it. Both Firefox and Chrome are becoming seriously bloated RAM hogs. CNET reports that a survey by Net Applications says that Internet Explorer has 58.1% of the browser market, followed by Google Chrome which has 27.2%, and Mozilla lies far behind with just 12%.

The biggest concern of Mozilla, is that Windows 10 doesn’t provide an easy option to choose the default browser. And Microsoft knows all too well about this because it has faced Anti-trust issues due to Internet Explorer.

This is what Mozilla’s CEO highlights in his open letter to Redmond:

We appreciate that it’s still technically possible to preserve people’s previous settings and defaults, but the design of the whole upgrade experience and the default settings APIs have been changed to make this less obvious and more difficult. It now takes more than twice the number of mouse clicks, scrolling through content and some technical sophistication for people to reassert the choices they had previously made in earlier versions of Windows. It’s confusing, hard to navigate and easy to get lost.

Mozilla wants Microsoft to be more transparent, and make it easier for users to change the default browser.

These changes aren’t unsettling to us because we’re the organization that makes Firefox. They are unsettling because there are millions of users who love Windows and who are having their choices ignored, and because of the increased complexity put into everyone’s way if and when they choose to make a choice different than what Microsoft prefers.

How to change the default browser in Windows 10:

In fact, it is not that hard to choose your default browser in Windows 10. All you have to do is click on the Start Button > Settings > System > Default Apps > Web Browser.

Google’s nice gesture:

While Mozilla cried foul over Microsoft Edge, there was some sweet news from Mountain View, California. The developer team behind Google Chrome sent a cake to Redmond, congratulating the Microsoft Edge team for the launch of their new browser. And the Edge team’s Tobin humorously tweeted the following message along with a picture of the cake.

It is really nice to see Google acknowledging its rival browser, but this is not hte first time in recent times, it has shown love for Edge. Earlier this month, Google announced that it now supports OpenSearch, which allows Windows 10 users to use Google as the default search engine, in Microsoft Edge.