Microsoft up to its old tricks with Credge rollout

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:

Conversation 7 comments

  • ghostrider

    25 June, 2020 - 4:09 am

    <p>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 <em>incentives </em>for people to use it, modal dialogues that can't be closed without acceptance. Yes, normal service will resume in due course.</p>

    • Winner

      25 June, 2020 - 1:30 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#549356">In reply to ghostrider:</a></em></blockquote><p>Yes, isn't Microsoft's "free" Windows 10 upgrade paying off in spades?</p>

  • nkhughes

    25 June, 2020 - 10:51 am

    <p>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.</p>

  • Winner

    25 June, 2020 - 1:29 pm

    <p>You can't take the DNA out of the company.</p><p>That's why I found Microsoft's complaints about Apple's "anti-competitive" behavior amusing, even though I might agree with them.</p>

    • Paul Thurrott

      Premium Member
      26 June, 2020 - 8:10 am

      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.

      • luthair

        08 July, 2020 - 1:44 am

        <blockquote><em><a href="#549743">In reply to paul-thurrott:</a></em></blockquote><p><br></p><p>Why does every feature update try to trick users into creating a Windows account? It ain't for the benefit of the user.</p>

  • madthinus

    Premium Member
    08 July, 2020 - 3:17 am

    <p>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. </p><p><br></p><p>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. </p>

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