Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft clash over Windows 10

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Microsoft just launched Windows 10 in 190 countries and gradually, people are updating to the new operating system. In the new operating system, it was noticed that it automatically changes your default apps. For instance, the browser is automatically Edge Browser.


Worst of all is that (during it’s installation), you can no longer set other browsers as default (like it used be). Mozilla noticed this and reached out to Microsoft. No resolution was reached, and their CEO, Chris Beard did an open letter to Microsoft.

“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”. It’s confusing, hard to navigate and easy to get lost.”

“We strongly urge you to reconsider your business tactic here and again respect people’s right to choice and control of their online experience,”.

“Please give your users the choice and control they deserve in Windows 10,” he added.

Mozilla subsequently released a video showing users how to set another browser as default:



Microsoft remained adamant claiming they can only make changes if users request it. Here’s their reply:

“We designed Windows 10 to provide a simple upgrade experience for users and a cohesive experience following the upgrade. During the upgrade, consumers have the choice to set defaults, including for web browsing. Following the upgrade, they can easily choose the default browser of their choice. As with all aspects of the product, we have designed Windows 10 as a service; if we learn from user experience that there are ways to make improvements, we will do so.”

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10 comments

  1. Sounds an awful lot like the brouhaha Microsoft got caught up in during the late 1990s regarding the dominance of Microsoft, to the point where uninstalling Internet Explorer would make your computer inoperable.

    But I’m curious – if, according to Microsoft, it was that easy to change the default settings, is there any real validity in what Firefox are saying or is it down to user error on installation?

  2. More “monopoly” than “antitrust”. After all, the operating environment is Microsoft’s.

  3. No, It’s how Windows 10 was made. No app will have the privilege of being a default app. Till you go through the hoops to enable it.

  4. I don’t really see anything wrong in Microsoft’s upgrade implementation, as long as a user can still change the default software/browser to a desired one. It might not easy or straight forward as it used to be, but that is no reason for a fuss…… Mozilla should just take a chill pill.

  5. @Dchemist
    You know, most users NEVER change the default settings, especially when it is as complicated as this.

  6. Oops…. this is not good at all. Microsft should endeavor to respect peoples’ right to choice. if this is the case then i dont see anything in that Edge. Firefox is easy and good for developers

  7. @Elroy, I’ll wait until I install Windows 10 to see if they’re defaulting back to their Win98 ways. I remember when I was installing Windows 7 I had an option early on as to which browser to set as my default.

  8. Microsoft is entitled to that right as long as it’s their platform……..#simple

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