Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 17th Mar 2018 01:47 UTC
Windows

For Windows Insiders in the Skip Ahead ring, we will begin testing a change where links clicked on within the Windows Mail app will open in Microsoft Edge, which provides the best, most secure and consistent experience on Windows 10 and across your devices. With built-in features for reading, note-taking, Cortana integration, and easy access to services such as SharePoint and OneDrive, Microsoft Edge enables you to be more productive, organized and creative without sacrificing your battery life or security.

I'm one of those weird people who actually really like the default Windows 10 Mail application, but if this absolutely desperate, user-hostile move - which ignores any default browser setting - makes it into any definitive Windows 10 release, I won't be able to use it anymore.

As always, we look forward to feedback from our WIP community.

Oh you'll get something to look forward to alright.

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Seeprime
Member since:
2014-05-02

It seems like there is no common sense on many of Microsoft's decisions these days. 20 years ago they could pull this crap. Today, people will just use a different mail app, or move to a different OS completely. Mac market share hit 10% of desktop/laptop computers recently. That's double what it was ten years ago. Linux usage has more than doubled in the same time frame, although it was only at 0.8% back then.

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Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

Seeprime,

It seems like there is no common sense on many of Microsoft's decisions these days. 20 years ago they could pull this crap. Today, people will just use a different mail app, or move to a different OS completely. Mac market share hit 10% of desktop/laptop computers recently. That's double what it was ten years ago. Linux usage has more than doubled in the same time frame, although it was only at 0.8% back then.


You are right, 20 years ago they were stronger and their actions were more abusive, but they still have a lot of monopoly power and it has a negative effect on competition when they intentionally disregard & veto a user's preference for alternatives.

Edited 2018-03-17 09:35 UTC

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ilovebeer Member since:
2011-08-08

Do you honestly see people dumping Windows simply because the default Microsoft mail app opens links in Edge? Changing mail client, sure, but dumping Windows altogether? I wouldn't hold my breath.

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Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

ilovebeer,

Do you honestly see people dumping Windows simply because the default Microsoft mail app opens links in Edge? Changing mail client, sure, but dumping Windows altogether? I wouldn't hold my breath.




You are right, that's exactly it! And microsoft knows it too! Regardless of how coercive their policies are, they know that most users will ultimately succumb to it and continue to be windows users out of necessity.

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shotsman Member since:
2005-07-22

You might be right but IMHO, it is part of a trend by MS to lock you into their mindset ever tighter and tighter. That will make getting out from it harder as every day goes by.
{time for my crystal ball}
Then when they have you by the short and curlies they will move to a subscription basis. Fail to pay and you are reverted to 'S' mode and no more patches.

I got out of the MS enclave at home almost 10 years ago and have never regretted it once. Moves like this actually tell me that the decision I made in 2008 was the right one.

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