2 good reasons to avoid Microsoft's Edge browser

2 good reasons to avoid Microsoft's Edge browser

Microsoft Edge doesn't current support browser extensions, and a new feature spotted in a leaked version of Windows 10 is sure to annoy anyone who wants to use Chrome or Firefox instead of Edge.

Instead of begging people to use its new Edge browser, and making it difficult to switch to other browser options, wouldn't it make more sense for Microsoft to simply make Edge, you know, better? The software giant apparently doesn't see it that way, and an upcoming update to Windows 10 will likely contain an annoying feature that pleads with users to give Edge a break.

"Fixing" Edge may not be an easy task; it may well be fairly difficult. Microsoft, however, should understand that the browser feels unfinished, and there's no point in browbeating people to use it.

'Give Microsoft Edge a Shot'....Please?!?

In a newly leaked version of Windows 10 (build 10568), a feature sends a message to users who attempt to change default browsers and lists the upsides of using "an app built just for Windows 10." Beneath the message, a "Give Microsoft Edge a Shot" button opens Edge instead of the third-party options and doesn't change the default setting. (Hat tip to the reporters from for spotting this strange new feature.)

It's possible the "begging feature" will never appear in an official Windows 10 release. The fact that Microsoft is even considering such a seemingly desperate action, however, indicates the company will continue to play rough with its competition.

When users first install Windows 10, the Edge browser automatically becomes their default. It's relatively simple to change that setting, but it takes more clicks and more time than it has in past versions of the OS. "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,” said Chris Beard, CEO of the Mozilla Foundation, which develops Firefox, in a blog post published shortly after Windows 10 was released in late July.

No browser add-ons for Edge until 2016

Then there's the fact that Edge won't support browser extensions until sometime next year. Browser add-ons, which are supported by every other major browser, perform a range of useful tasks, including some important privacy- and security-related functions, such as storing passwords, blocking phishing sites, killing tracking cookies and disabling ads. But they won't work with Edge. And that's a deal breaker for any user who wants to take advantage of those useful features.

Microsoft has not specified exactly when it will add support for add-ons to Edge. When writers at followed up on a rumor that the fix won't occur until sometime next year, the company responded with a non-answer:

"We are bringing support for extensions to Microsoft Edge in a future update. Developers who build extensions for other modern browsers using common Web technologies like JavaScript and HTML, will work with Microsoft Edge with little or no code changes."

Unfortunately for Microsoft, by the time Edge is truly ready for primetime, few people may care.

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