Vivaldi denounces the anti-competitive behavior of Microsoft Edge
Windows 11 settings and ads forcing users to keep Microsoft Edge as their default browser have ruffled some feathers at Vivaldi. Company co-founder Jon von Tetzchner wrote a blog post to discuss Microsoft’s serious anti-competitive practices.
Recently, Microsoft’s Chromium-based browser grabbed the headlines for not-so-flattering reasons. In many ways, Microsoft Edge is similar to Chrome or other Chromium-based browsers, but the company has used new tricks to convince users to give it a chance on Windows 10 or Windows 11.
One of the latest attempts is for a new banner in the Microsoft Edge browser, which calls Chrome a 2008 browser when users attempt 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 their default browser on Windows 11.
“Microsoft’s moves seem hopeless. And familiar. It’s clear they don’t want you to use other browsers, ”said Jon von Tetzchner, co-founder and CEO of Vivaldi.
Vivaldi has denounced Microsoft for a number of practices that hamper the activities of other browsers, including Vivaldi. For example, if you search for Vivaldi on Bing using Microsoft Edge, you will be asked to continue 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. In Windows 11, “[this] is even worse, ”said Jon von Tetzchne.
As Vivaldi pointed out, Windows 11 makes it difficult for basic things like changing the default browser. Unlike Windows 10, Windows 11 requires you to choose the browser first and assign it to all file extensions by default.
You will need to manually select the third-party browser for various web file extensions including HTTP, HTTPs, htm, HTML or files. And if you actually try to change the defaults for all of those file extensions, Windows 11 will show yet another pop-up highlighting Edge’s features.
“They even offer to pay you to use the browser through their Microsoft Rewards program. It is not the behavior of a confident company that develops a superior browser, ”said the founder of Vivaldi. “This is the behavior of a company that openly abuses its strong position to get people to use its substandard product just because it can. “
Vivaldi founder asks users to complain about anti-competitive behavior of Windows 11 on social media platforms. The company has also advised users in the United States and Europe to write or call antitrust regulators to investigate Microsoft for these anti-competitive practices.
“Above all, don’t let Microsoft win this stacked game. Persist until you can use whatever browser you want on Windows – and help your friends or colleagues do the same, ”Vivaldi said.