Users getting pop-ups for not using Microsoft Edge
Several Reddit users have also reported similar pop-ups in the past few months. The report notes that Microsoft might be legally covered by the license agreements. However, the tech giant has reportedly asked users for their consent before analysing their PC usage to show a Bing pop-up for using Chrome with Google search.
This is not the first time Microsoft has tried out new methods to push users into switching their browsers from Google and Chrome to Bing and Edge. Such pop-ups have already appeared in several parts including inside Chrome, on the Windows taskbar and more.
Earlier, the company has also forced users to use Edge after rolling out a Windows update. Microsoft also frequently shows a full-screen message that asks users to switch to Bing and Edge after updates.
In June, Microsoft also started taking over Chrome searches in Bing to deliver a response that looks like it’s generated from Microsoft’s GPT-4-powered chatbot. The fake AI interaction produced a full Bing page to entirely take over the search results for Chrome and convince Windows users to stick with Edge and Bing.
Read what Microsoft has to say about these pop-ups
In a statement, Caitlin Roulston, director of communications at Microsoft said: “We are aware of these reports and have paused this notification while we investigate and take appropriate action to address this unintended behaviour.”