Is Microsoft Retaliating For Chrome’s Warnings About Extension Security in Edge?

Several pundits criticized Google for warning Edge users to switch to Chrome if they wanted to use Chrome extensions “securely”. “In Chrome, a plugin can be remotely disabled by the Chrome team if it’s considered unsafe for whatever reason,” notes PC World. “Google lacks the ability to remotely disable the same plugin within Edge, prompting Google to recommend switching to Chrome, a source close to Google said.”

Though PC World notes that Google isn’t giving the same warning to Opera users…

Yet now when you try to add Chrome Extensions to Edge, Microsoft also gives you a warning of its own — that extensions installed from sources other than the Microsoft Store “are unverified [by Microsoft], and may affect browser performance.” And while Google.com is still displaying an ad for Chrome to web surfers using Edge, now if you search for “Chrome web store” on Bing, the first result is an ad (“promoted by Microsoft”) for Microsoft’s own Edge browser.

ZDNet’s Chris Matyszczyk asked both Google and Microsoft for a comment:

[N]othing from Google. But suddenly, a confirmation from Microsoft that it wouldn’t offer official comment. My sniffings around Google suggest the company may have been taken aback by the positive public reaction to Edge… My nasal probings around Redmond offer the reasoning that, well, Microsoft hasn’t tested or verified extensions that arrive from places other than they Microsoft Edge add-ons website. Why, they’re far too busy to do that. And, well, it’s the Chrome web store. Who knows what you’ll find over there? Oh, and Edge gives you more control over your data, so there.

Could it be, then, that Google is being vacuously childish and trying to scare people into resisting the lures of Microsoft’s browser handiwork? Could it also be that Microsoft is doing something rather similar in either retaliation or merely homage to the brutally competitive instincts of social activist Bill Gates?

Could it be that both of these companies should pause to examine their consciences, go sit in a corner and embrace their customers’ needs and choices a touch more fully?

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