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Microsoft wants you to stick with Windows 10's default apps

Jon Fingas, @jonfingas
October 18, 2015
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If you don't like how difficult it is to change your default web browser in Windows 10... well, you may be particularly upset in the near future. A leaked Windows 10 preview release now gives you a prompt whenever you're trying to switch away from a default Microsoft app, such as the Edge browser. You're asked to give the stock app "a shot," and the most prominent option is to stick with the Microsoft option -- not exactly subtle. It's not certain that this will reach the public Insider Preview program, but it's evident that the company is at least toying with the idea.

The move is somewhat understandable (how many people do you know who immediately install Chrome on a new PC?), but it could be a risky move. Even though antitrust regulators aren't hounding the company like they did in the previous decade, they're still watching. If officials believe that Microsoft is abusing its continued dominance in PCs to push apps like Edge, they may ask it to back off.

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