Windows 11: Vivaldi hits out at Microsoft Edge’s anti-competitive behaviour

Windows 11 anti competitive practice

Windows 11’s settings and advertisements forcing users to keep
Microsoft Edge as the default browser has ruffled a few
feathers at Vivaldi. The corporation’s co-founder Jon von
Tetzchner has penned down a blog post to discuss the serious
anti-competition practices of Microsoft.

Recently, Microsoft’s Chromium-based browser has been making
headlines for not-so-flattering reasons. In many regards,
Microsoft Edge is similar to Chrome or other Chromium-based
browsers, but the company has been using new tricks to convince
users to give it a chance on Windows 10 or Windows 11.

One of the most latest attempts is about a new banner within
the Microsoft Edge browser, which
calls out Chrome a browser from 2008 when users try to download
it. Additionally, Microsoft has also made it difficult to
set Vivaldi or Chrome as the default browser on Windows 11.

Vivaldi is clearly not happy with Microsoft’s latest attempts
to convince users to keep Chromium Edge as the default browser
on Windows 11.

“Microsoft’s moves seem desperate. And familiar. It is clear
they don’t want you to use other browsers,” said Jon
von Tetzchner, co-founder and CEO of Vivaldi.

Vivaldi has called out Microsoft for a number of practices that
hamper the business of other browsers, including Vivaldi. For
example, if you search for Vivaldi on Bing using Microsoft
Edge, you’ll be asked to keep using Chromium Edge for a “fast,
secure, and modern web experience”.

If you install Vivaldi on Windows ignoring the advice, Windows
10 will again ask you to keep Microsoft Edge because it’s
better. On Windows 11, “[this] is even worse”, Jon von Tetzchne
said.

Bing and Vivaldi

As highlighted by Vivaldi, Windows 11 makes basic things like
changing the default browser difficult. Unlike Windows 10,
Windows 11 requires you to choose the browser first and assign
it as default for all file extensions.

You’ll need to manually select the third-party browser for
various web-related file extensions, including HTTP, HTTPs,
htm, HTML or files. And if you actually try to change the
default values for all these file extensions, Windows 11 would
display yet another popup highlighting the features of Edge.

“They even offer to pay you to use the browser via their
Microsoft Rewards program. This is not the behaviour of a
confident company developing a superior browser,” Vivaldi
founder said. “It’s the behaviour of a company openly abusing
its powerful position to push people to use its inferior
product, simply because it can.”

Vivaldi founder tells users to complain about Windows 11’s
anti-competitive behaviour on social media platforms. The
corporation has also advised users in the United States and
Europe to write to or call antitrust regulators to investigate
Microsoft for these anti-competitive practices.

“Most of all, don’t let Microsoft win at this stacked game.
Persist until you can use your browser of choice on Windows –
and help your friends or colleagues to do the same,” Vivaldi
said.

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