Harmful design in browser choice

Props to Cennydd Bowles and Harry Bringnull for calling out this poor behavior on Microsoft’s part. Microsoft Edge is literally injecting a big banner on Chrome’s download page telling people that Edge is better.

Of all Microsoft’s tactics, the most objectionable for me is their dissuasive messaging injected directly into the Chrome download page. As we write, ‘for a browser vendor to interfere with the contents of a competitor’s website – or indeed any website – with neither due cause nor user consent is highly irregular and ethically indefensible.’

We need to cry foul when browser vendors mess with the actual content on websites. While this just looks like two behemoths clashing heads, how would you feel about Microsoft making editorial choices on your website?

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