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Microsoft Directing Users Away From Chrome

Sayan Sen (Hacker News):

In the latest related news, when someone is trying to download Google Chrome from Edge, Microsoft seems to be reminding such users with a popup (image below) that its own browser is built upon the same (Chromium) technology as Chrome, suggesting that there’s no need for a new browser.

So far it’s somewhat fine since there is no lie in that part. However, the prompt also appears to suggest that Edge itself is more secure than Chrome as part of the prompt says “with the added trust of Microsoft”.

Nick Heer:

This is a case of Microsoft using its own platform to steer users away from a competing product when it is likely they have navigated to that competitors’ page deliberately. What’s next? Maybe Microsoft could direct users to the Surface marketing site when they try to buy an iPad.



"Maybe Microsoft could direct users to the Surface marketing site when they try to buy an iPad."

Maybe Apple could present ads for Apple Music in its Music app when users are trying to play songs they ripped from CDs they purchased.

Oh wait, this is already the caseā€¦

Brad Dougherty

It is really sad to see so many people defending the actual monopoly from competition over something that is hardly anything at all. I don't know how you could say with certainty that the only people who are on the Chrome download page went there specifically, when Google plasters their sites with Chrome download ads with sketchy claims at best. And it's not even really competition in the end since both browsers use the same engine!

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