Microsoft making it difficult to install any other browser should be a criminal act.
I have been a professional IT Engineer for the last 24 years, at one point an avid Microsoft supporter. But as I got more involved in the corporate world and the need for reliable solid systems, I started to turn away from Microsoft’s offerings.
It’s laughable to think that it’s OKAY for a Windows PC to force a reboot on you after it performed Windows updates that you told it not to do for now. The next minute your PC is upgrading during that important presentation and it freezes with an issue.
I see this type of thing too much, and it really shows that Microsoft has no actual fucking idea of what they are doing. I will digress for a second, as this article is not about Windows updates.
It’s actually about how hard Microsoft has tried to make it, to install Google Chrome or Firefox on a Windows 10 PC or Notebook.
You just finish off your fresh install of Windows 10 and restart. You avoid opening Microsoft Edge and go for Internet Explorer, which sluggishly opens up to the BING search engine.
You type in Google Chrome and guess what… A blank screen and nothing happens. So you type it again and hey its now brought up some dodgy-looking search results trying to obscure the location of that Google Chrome download file.
You click download and then Internet Explorer sits on the file trying to do some type of security scan as if Internet explorer is doing you a favour or something. You finally install Google Chrome but wait, it’s not your default browser and you now need to find settings and defaults just to change it.
Now if this can be a tedious task for someone who has been using computers for the last 24 years as a profession, how on earth do we think that the average joe is going to manage a Google Chrome download and install.
Microsoft has no rights to dictate what software I want to use and certainly has no place in trying to make it difficult or hinder me from installing my chosen Internet Browser, yet they do.
Microsoft has gone as far as trying to confuse the consumer, in a Windows 10 Update in 2018 they added a prompt, ‘warning’ Windows 10 users not to install Chrome or Firefox.
It should be considered a criminal act and Microsoft should be sued not just in Europe but in Australia and the United States of America.
Chet Carter is an IT Professional of 22 years, but has worked with a range of businesses giving him in-depth understanding of many different industries. Chet Carter is a business owner but shares his knowledge and experience through posts like these.