Google is Up to Its Old Tricks With the New Edge

Posted on February 21, 2020 by Mehedi Hassan in Google Chrome, Web browsers with 35 Comments

Google’s Chrome Web Store is probably the web’s biggest extensions store. Chrome Web Store allows users to download extensions for Google Chrome, but it also allows users using other Chromium-based browsers to download extensions.

That applies to browsers like the new Microsoft Edge, which is built on Chromium. Microsoft engineers collaborated closely with Google engineers when building the new Edge, and both the companies plan on working together going forward.

But Google recently started warning users (via Neowin) of “security” issues when they try downloading extensions from the Chrome Web Store on the new Microsoft Edge browser. The company shows a warning saying “Google recommends switching to Chrome to use extensions securely,” with a download link to Google Chrome.

You can simply choose to ignore the warning, but it is very weird to see Google showing such a peculiar warning to Edge users considering the fact that they have been working with Microsoft on Chromium. But more importantly, there aren’t any known issues when it comes to using Chrome Web Store extensions on other browsers, and that includes the new Microsoft Edge. So it isn’t exactly clear what type of “security” issues users will face if they try to use Chrome Web Store extensions on any other browser than Chrome.

Microsoft has its own extensions store for the new Edge, but its collection of extensions is nowhere as large as that of the Chrome Web Store. Still, Microsoft is not any better in terms of things like this — when you search for “Chrome” on Bing, it shows you a big ad for the new Microsoft Edge, for example.

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