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Google scares Microsoft Edge users into switching to Chrome

It has recently been found that Google is warning people using Microsoft’s new web browser when they access the Chrome web store.

Sneaky Google

Microsoft’s Edge web browser was very unpopular among the internet users, despite it being the default web browser in Windows 10, which led Microsoft to overhaul the app, and it’s now based on the same Chromium engine as Chrome.

This permits the software to use extensions that were originally designed for Chrome. It’s a great feature that has made Edge a much more attractive web browser – and it seems Google is getting nervous.

While this doesn’t prevent Edge users from adding Chrome extensions, the message is clearly designed to make them feel like their web browser is less secure than Chrome – something that we’ve not seen evidence of, especially as they both use the same underlying tech.

Chrome has a great share of the market but still, it is resorting to such measures.

Also, this is not the very first time Google has done such a thing. Even in the previous year, the company issued similar warnings to Edge users who used Google’s services like Google Teams, Gmail, Google Docs and YouTube Music.

But undoubtedly, Microsoft is guilty of using similar tactics.

As we mentioned earlier, Microsoft uses its position as the developer of Windows 10 to its advantage by making Edge the operating system’s default browser. It’s also used this position to show messages and warnings when users search for Chrome and install it, as it tries to discourage people from switching from Edge.

But that doesn’t mean Google’s behavior is right. As Windows Latest reports, in 2019 Google claimed it wasn’t trying to block Microsoft Edge, but instead, it was holding off “whitelisting it until Edge comes out of beta”.

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