.@MicrosoftEdge. I get it. You're basically Chrome now. But acting like malware by creating unclosable windows and re-adding yourself to my desktop/taskbar is a sure-fire way to piss off users. And pissed off users try remove the program, not switch to it.— Josh "Social Distancing" J (@SnoFox) August 2, 2020
When Microsoft is enthusiastic about something, it can sometimes be seen as a gauche. This was true for its excitement to try its new Edge browser for Windows users.
I'm sure your new version of Edge is lovely, @Microsoft, but taking over my computer on startup and not providing a "No thanks" option is the sort of practice dodgy malware takes. pic.twitter.com/ZKFlRCXqHR— Alan Hitchin (@alanhitchin) July 12, 2020
Some users of Windows 10 complained that Microsoft robs Chrome data to get them to live on the edge. However, there are those Windows users who are utterly annoyed at how Edge sticks to its daily life and refuses to leave. There is clearly a misreading of one ZDNet reader. I've told Microsoft so much of his story. For an exciting ending, I'll leave the company's response.
The reader started: "I just wanted to share my Windows 7 experience following your article about Edge browsers, which is also spammable and stolen data."
Well, it's pretty a charge. But wait, let's be in the beginning: "My wife's computer, that is running the Windows 7, has been updated this morning to a Windows update that gave Edge Chromium the full-screen welcome page.
Malware is one of the biggest scourges of technology. See how people are terrified.
The reader said: "How could an application work that she has not started? How could Microsoft not provide Windows 7 security updates as it ends up with a new Web browser that Windows 7 users don't want?" A question of existence, of course. However, at the end of the day, one left better for a fluid tincture.
Meanwhile, back to Edge: "There was a faint 'close' gadget in the top-right corner of the full screen welcome page for Chromium Edge, which was the very first thing we clicked, instead of clicking the Administrator button to continue the process or the sinister 'learn more' button."
To be sure, education has its disastrous aspects. Particularly on the internet. You click on "learn more" and suddenly you find that learning more means being more stuck in a tangle of engagement. Or, worse still, spending. However, our reader was still aware that the depths of technology could seem endless.
The data was stolen from the Chrome browser she 'd ever been using. I unpinned it from the taskbar and it already took all the data, including passwords and presumably sent any helpful data to the cloud. "I have never been on a job bar, but it shows all the sites she visited before, and I have been on Chromium.
You always should assume that your data has drifted to a place that you can never visit. But this experience made it painful for our reader to conclude: "This is malware, I don't see any other way of interpreting it. No application should import data without asking, especially if it isn't even installed by the user. This is not defensible in Windows 7."
Microsoft explained also that Edge could collect data from the personal browser. And not a way to do that. When the browser is terminated prematurely, some residual data could be left behind.
But what about the example of Windows 7? Well, Microsoft promised me to look at the feedback of our reader. And that's it. And, that's it. No more, I heard.