Google is scaring Microsoft Edge users with security warning

Microsoft Edge browser

Microsoft’s new Edge and Google Chrome are very similar, as
both are built on the Chromium platform with Blink as the
default web rendering engine.

Microsoft dumped its own web browsing platform for Chromium as
Edge wasn’t a part of many standard testing routines by website
owners. The compatibility problems gradually increased and
users were not happy with Edge’s slow performance. The negative
feedback and low usage ultimately deemed Microsoft to adopt

Edge’s compatibility has improved measurably after the switch,
but Google services are still targeting Edge with scary
warnings. In the past, Google has displayed a warning when
users opened services such as Google Teams,
Gmail, Google Docs and YouTube Music in Edge.

As the industry experts have pointed out, Google uses ‘user
agent string’ to identify and block Microsoft Edge. User-agent
is the part of the browser that identifies itself to websites
including the browser version number you are using.

The user agent is often abused by some companies and it has
become a problem for both users and browser makers over the
past decade.

Google has once again abused user agents and the company is
displaying a security warning when Chrome web store is accessed
from Edge. It looks like Google has quietly implemented
user-agent sniffing on the Chrome web store that specifically
targets Microsoft’s new browser.

If you change the user-agent, the absurd error goes away
automatically. It’s also worth noting that Google is not
displaying the error in other Chromium browsers such as Opera
and Brave.

Google’s warning doesn’t actually affect Edge’s ability to use
and run Chrome extensions securely. You can still install the
extensions as you do normally, but there is a possibility that
security warnings like this could scare users away from Edge.

Last year, Google said it’s not blocking Microsoft Edge, but
rather not whitelisting it until Edge comes out of beta.

Over the past few years, user agents battle has become even
more complicated and web browser companies are changing their
user agent to avoid compatibility problems.

In the past, makers of Chromium-based Vivaldi browser also
complained about how ‘mistakes’ caused by Google disrupted its

Microsoft Edge changes its user agent for Google’s websites to
avoid being detected as Edge. Vivaldi, on the other hand, said
its updated browser no longer includes its own branding in the
user agent.

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