I know almost all sites are currently struggling for revenue but I am thoroughly disgusted at the way some tech sites are employing click-bait to elicit more responses and comments. More and more tech sites are sacrificing honesty and accuracy for the sake of attracting more readers through controversy and sensationalism. The shame of it all is that it appears to be working out for them.
I’ve just read an article on a well-known tech site where the author is whinging about being forced to install a ”new app” in Windows 10. I quote:
If I told you that my entire computer screen just got taken over by a new app that I’d never installed or asked for — it just magically appeared on my desktop, my taskbar — you’d probably tell me to run a virus scanner and stay away from shady websites, no?
But the insanely intrusive app I’m talking about isn’t a piece of ransomware. It’s Microsoft’s new Chromium Edge browser, which the company is now force-feeding users via an automatic update to Windows.
Never in my life have I read so much twaddle. This article is clearly aimed at garnering a response from the Microsoft bashers, of which there are plenty, and is so far off the mark as to be almost laughable.
Let’s Set Things Straight!
Microsoft Edge is NOT a ”new app”. Every Windows 10 comes with the Edge browser already built-in and what the author is talking about is merely an update from the old Edge to the new Chromium-based Edge. The new Chromium-based Edge is not only a far better browser than the original Edge, but it is also a replacement for a browser that is no longer under development.
”Insanely intrusive” is a gross exaggeration and deliberately inflammatory language:
- The update merely replaces the old Edge shortcut that is already pinned to the Taskbar by default with a newly designed icon specific to the new Chromium Edge browser.
- Many newer versions of software, and particularly completely new builds, will open a window at the completion of installation to run the user through the new features and help them familiarize themselves with the new version. This is not abnormal behavior. It is, in fact, very normal behavior.
There are literally millions of Windows users who would never think to, or perhaps know how to, manually download and install the new Edge browser and, as far as I am concerned, Microsoft is doing them a favor by automatically replacing an older, no longer supported piece of software with the newer, far superior version. Certainly not a disservice as that article implies.
I am so sick and tired of this perennial Microsoft bashing, it’s become almost like a new sport. These sites have nothing new to write about so they fall back on a standard approach that they know is bound to create a response, lace it with inflammatory language, inaccuracies, and half-truths and then pass it off as journalism. If they’re so p*ssed off with Microsoft, why don’t they just dump Windows altogether and install Linux or macOS instead?
Sorry, but when I read pieces of crap that are patently sacrificing honesty and quality merely to induce more clicks and hence more revenue it rankles me no end.
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- Windows 10 Quick Tips
Cheers… Jim (AKA cranky old man)