Microsoft to force Windows 10 users to use its Edge web browser

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Microsoft is going to force Windows 10 users to use Edge, by making it the default browser for opening links.

The tech firm is about to start a test a new feature that would require any links opened in the Windows Mail app will automatically open in Edge, regardless of which internet browser you use currently.

The test was revealed in the release notes for an upcoming update to Windows 10, which has already been sent to users on its Insider program.

“We will begin testing a change where links clicked on within the Windows Mail app will open in Microsoft Edge, which provides the best, most secure and consistent experience on Windows 10 and across your devices,” the notes read.

The change will see mean Microsoft ignoring the wishes of users, in favour of pushing their own, unpopular web browser on people running Windows 10.

Windows Mail is the default email app that comes with Windows 10 and supports various email providers including Gmail.

Microsoft says the reason behind is because “Microsoft Edge enables you to be more productive, organised and creative without sacrificing your battery life or security”, the tech firm says.

Having struggled to attract users from the likes of Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, this isn’t the first time Microsoft has tried to force users onto to its web browser.

Currently, if you use another web browser, Windows 10 displays a pop up which with claim Edge is is faster and more efficient than Google Chrome.

Also, if you try to change Edge as the default browser in the Settings app, Windows 10 asks you if you really want to switch, with users required to force through a change to an alternative browser such as Chrome or Firefox.

While only currently in testing, the feature is likely to be extremely unpopular should it be rolled to regular Windows 10 users.

Despite Windows 10 now being installed on 36 percent of desktop computers worldwide, Edge is installed on only about 4 percent of computers, trailing Internet Explorer (6.9%), Firefox (11.5%) and market leader Google Chrome (67.5%).

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