Google has ditched its warning messages for Microsoft Edge users, which displayed when people using the rival web browser visited the Chrome Web Store to install third-party extensions to bring additional functionality to the desktop app. The message, which surfaced in the wake of Microsoft adopting its default Windows 10 browser to the same Chromium codebase that underpins Google Chrome, warned users to switch to Google’s browser to be more secure.
Since they share the same underlying code, browser extensions designed for Google Chrome are now entirely compatible with the newest iteration of Microsoft Edge. However, Edge users who visited the Chrome Web Store to install extensions were greeted by a yellow alert stating they should switch to Chrome to “use extensions securely”.
Because Microsoft Edge and Chrome run extensions in the same manner, many saw this warning as Google taking shots at Edge out of fear of losing marketshare. Microsoft Edge offers a number of features not currently available on Chrome …although that could change soon.
According to Google, the warning message wasn’t the result of fears of the all-new Edge browser reducing its staggering 69 percent marketshare of browsers worldwide.
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Instead, the Californian technology company told BleepingComputer that it was displaying the warnings because Microsoft Edge does not yet support Google’s Safe Browsing feature. The latter was created by the Chrome team to pull malicious extensions from browsers before they cause damage.
Anyone using Microsoft Edge will not benefit from this added protection and could feasibly continue to use a malicious extension even after problems had been found with the third-party add-on.