Mozilla Annoyed by Windows 10 Settings
Chris Beard, CEO of Mozilla, has sent an open letter to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella in response to the new user experience in Windows 10. In order to retain Mozilla Firefox as the default browser, the user must go through several more hoops in Windows 10, according to Beard. Beard wrote:
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.
Firefox has rapidly become one of the most popular browsers on the Windows desktop in recent years, with Google Chrome also rising in even more recent times. As of June, 2015, Google Chrome had over 60% of the market locked down. The changes in Windows 10 will make it difficult for Chrome users as well.
Meanwhile, Microsoft has launched a new browser called Edge. Rather than Internet Explorer, Edge is the default browser on Windows 10. Mozilla’s Beard believes that Microsoft is intentionally making it difficult for Firefox users to switch back to Firefox. By extension, the same would be true for Google Chrome users.
Microsoft previously came to an anti-trust agreement with the European Union over its bundling of Windows with Internet Explorer. Now with Edge, could Microsoft face the same problem?
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