You’ll recall that final month Google began warning Microsoft Edge customers in regards to the browser’s potential risks. You’re safer utilizing Chrome, the corporate mentioned, each time a Microsoft Edge person browsed their manner onto the Chrome Web Store in quest of extensions. Well, not any extra.
At the time, Windows Latest, which first reported the warnings, accused Google of “abusing user agents,” or browser identification codes, to detect Edge customers and flash up the frightener. Now Google has taken the criticism to coronary heart—the warnings have stopped. Instead, customers are greeted with a way more pleasant: “You can now add extensions from the Chrome Web Store to Microsoft Edge—Click on ‘Add to Chrome’.” Good information certainly.
The challenge arose as a result of Chrome and Edge are each constructed on the identical Chromium platform. It appears that Google’s reasoning for issuing the warning to Edge customers is that the Microsoft browser doesn’t combine with Google’s Safe Browsing. Google explains that Safe Browsing allows Chrome and different browsers “to show users a warning message before they visit a dangerous site or download a harmful app—it also protects the Chrome Web Store from potentially harmful extensions.”
If an extension places customers in danger, runs the argument, Google can’t act to guard them. This is why different Chromium browsers signed as much as Google Safe Browsing didn’t obtain the identical warning. It had nothing to do with the aggressive panorama between Microsoft and Google and a ploy to push folks to vary browser. Nothing in any respect. Honest.
Anyway, for no matter motive Google has withdrawn the warnings. Microsoft hasn’t altered its safety stance and so the precise state of affairs has not modified. One can solely assume, due to this fact, that Google has rethought the knowledge of the advertising ploy. Security has turn into one of many key tenets within the browser battle, as the worth of a person’s desktop and cell interface to the online turn into ever extra worthwhile.
The slight irony right here, in fact, is that Microsoft has oft been accused of utilizing its personal platform dominance for aggressive benefit. Exactly what Google, with its greater than 60% share of the browser market, is accused of doing right here. Keeping up with its rival’s market lead and common performance—together with extensions—have been the very causes Microsoft opted for a Chromium technique within the first place.
For now, although, Microsoft Edge customers are protected to browse for Chrome extensions with out the danger of being frightened away. This explicit media storm in a teacup has come to an finish. The browser wars, although, will simply run and run.
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