Microsoft up to its old tricks with Credge rollout

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Looks like Microsoft are again engaging in deceptive behavior designed to trick less aware Windows users into making Edge their default browser, similar to the ‘free’ upgrade to Windows 10 shenanigans, including:

  • no option to exit the full screen ad/setup process for the browser after it installs itself other than by using the task manager
  • unsetting your default browser
  • slurping your Firefox or Chrome data without your permission

Discussion here: https://old.reddit.com/r/Windows10/comments/hct0mj/are_we_going_to_get_treated_to_spam_popups/

Comments (7)

7 responses to “Microsoft up to its old tricks with Credge rollout”

  1. ghostrider

    No surprise really. MS are real desperate to get people using it. Once rolled out, I can see MS constantly changing the default browser setting back to Edge, more and more ads and incentives for people to use it, modal dialogues that can't be closed without acceptance. Yes, normal service will resume in due course.

  2. nkhughes

    Yes, I noticed after I got the Credge update on 1909, that double-clicking on a local HTML file suddenly started opening the "what do you want to open this with?" dialog instead of Firefox.

  3. Winner

    You can't take the DNA out of the company.

    That's why I found Microsoft's complaints about Apple's "anti-competitive" behavior amusing, even though I might agree with them.

    • Paul Thurrott

      Um. Yes you can. Microsoft has literally exorcised all of the terrible stuff from the past. This is not the same company. The only area I can see that hasn't changed has to do with its internal culture regarding rewarding new tech over maintaining old tech. But that's not a business practices issue. It's just a sad ongoing mistake.
  4. madthinus

    It is funny to me. Each time Firefox updates it displays the what's new in this version. No one complains about it. In this case, it is Microsoft doing it and the world goes nuts. Step through the process. Read what they state on the screen, make the choices and move on.


    Is this user unfriendly, Sure. Is it a train smash, no. This is no different than every pop-up I get from Google when I access my Gmail or YouTube on any browser other than Chrome. Or Google asking me each time on my iPhone to install Chrome to read a web link that I access in the Gmail app, despite the setting of 'not asking me again" ticked on.

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