Edge: Has Microsoft lost its track?

Edge[German]Interesting question that just crossed my path. It revolves around whether Microsoft has lost its compass in the development of the Chromium Edge browser and is growing a new bloat ware. At least, that's the question that crosses your mind when you see what developers are making out of Edge.


First of all, I would like to say that I personally avoid Edge wherever possible. At the very beginning, I looked at the browser in Windows 10 and when the Chromium-based Edge came out, I even did a test install on my Windows 7 machine. But the browser quickly flew down because it just ran too sluggishly and wanted to customize too many settings for me. On Windows 10, I installed an Ungoogled browser (Chromium Clone) by default to work at reasonable speeds.

Has Microsoft lost its track?

I confess, in the reason I would not have touched the subject – because I can only burn my fingers. As soon as I report a bit more critically about the Edge here in the blog, the emotions of the readers – and especially when I link to the articles on Facebook – literally run high. The accusation is that it's just a rant. Well, it doesn't really bother me, those who like the Edge should use it. The rest will use an alternative browser, there are enough.

But then I came across the German post Kommentar: Microsoft Edge und der kaputte Kompass at Dr. Windows. The post by Kevin Kozuszek contains the following message:

  • The Chromium Edge was initially more lightweight and performant than Google Chrome (I personally did not notice anything).
  • Above all, the browser, in contrast to the old legacy Edge brought a very good web compatibility.
  • In addition, the Edge offers the integration of the IE mode under Windows, so that one can do without Internet Explorer 11.
  • At the beginning, when Microsoft buried its own development and relied on Google's Chromium, the Edge browser got a lot of advance praise

But now even the biggest fans seem to be slowly turning away from Microsoft and its Edge browser. For example, Kozuszek cites both Paul Thurrott and Mary Jo Foley as US journalists who would increasingly address the broken Edge.  I addressed the latest low from Microsoft within my blog post Windows 10/11-Updates blocks tools to redirect Edge protocol associations. Ad hoc, a number of annoying points come to mind.

  • It starts with the annoying prompts to the user to leave Edge in its default settings in Windows.
  • And it stops with the integration of all sorts of bloat ware into Chromium Edge.

Mentioned on Dr. Windows is a new Games Panel, but I can also think of the Buy Now, Pay Later feature for US users, which I touched on in the post User angry about Edge feature Buy Now, Pay Later. When it comes to edge marketing, nerves seem to be increasingly on edge. There is no other way to interpret the desperate attempts to force the user to use Edge. If you now also consider that Edge is delivered as the standard browser of the Windows 10 and Windows 11 operating systems, the question remains what is driving the developers. It's time for the competition authorities to take a closer look again.


Kozuszek also cites Microsoft Teams as a negative example because, according to the article, it is based on the unspeakable Electron client and is now supposed to make companies and educational institutions happy. In the article you can find the statement (I've translated the German text):

The bottom line is that Microsoft is increasingly getting the impression that things are getting out of hand and that the Redmond company is no longer in a position to stand up to competitors like Google with real quality. There are some similar actions there, but not to the extent that Microsoft is currently unleashing on its user base.

If I had written this, there would have been a storm in a teacup. But when I read something like this on a site like Dr. Windows, it must be very bad for the new Edge browser. Although: Frankly, I can't think of anything else to say about Windows 11 (which is a laughing stock for me) and partly about Windows 10. For my taste, Microsoft has lost its grip and compass in development in large parts of its product portfolio. Or how do you see it?

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2 Responses to Edge: Has Microsoft lost its track?

  1. Chris Pugson says:

    Turn off the Edge browser updates by preventing Task Scheduler from running the relevant processes. That's wot I so.

  2. yanta says:

    Microsoft went off the rails many years ago. Edge is just their latest fiasco. A controversial browser full of bloat and useless privacy destroying, and full of tracking and telemetry. Like most Microsoft products, pure garbage.

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