News broke out that Microsoft has made it so that their newer lighter version will have Edge set as a default browser permanently. However, it is possible to download an alternative web browser, so do not be hasty in your judgment.
The new Windows 10 S which will be the default operating system for the latest Microsoft Surface laptop, starting at $999 will not only have much less features than the professional version, but Windows 10 S was also reported to use Microsoft Edge browser on default. This browser makes it mandatory to use Bing search instead of Google. Many, including The Verge are still in awe as to why Microsoft do not provide the option to change the default browser. However, in response to this, Microsoft gave the following answer:
“You are able to download another browser that might be available from the Windows Store, but Microsoft Edge will remain the default if, for example, you open an .htm file.”
But this is not all. The default browser also comes with a default search engine, which is, you guessed it, Bing. And it cannot be changed and will always remain the default. This new strategy of Microsoft is very interesting and nothing in proximity to the freedom they provided to the average user in the past.
User Opinions Mixed
Many experienced users are discussing that they are not used to these type of choices and would choose the Pro version instead which can be upgraded for $50 if you have the Windows 10 S version if you have already paid approximately $1000 for the Microsoft Surface laptop. Many experts feel concerned that this new strategy of pushing the Microsoft AppStore and unifying the operating systems into one version drives users to begin considering should they spend that much cash for an operating System that does not give them as much freedom as before. While Microsoft responds to it’s competitors Google and Apple, does it really respond to the value the company has so far brought to the average PC user?