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Microsoft announced today that it will enforce the use of Microsoft Edge and Bing with Cortana on its Windows 10 operating system.

Programs like Google Chrome or mozilla Firefox can take over the search functionality on Windows 10 up until now.

This, according to Microsoft, is no longer possible with today’s change. Microsoft’s reason for doing it is that the changing of the search provider  compromises the search experience on the OS.


Unfortunately, as Windows 10 has grown in adoption and usage, we have seen some software programs circumvent the design of Windows 10 and redirect you to search providers that were not designed to work with Cortana.
The result is a compromised experience that is less reliable and predictable. The continuity of these types of task completion scenarios is disrupted if Cortana can’t depend on Bing as the search provider and Microsoft Edge as the browser.
The only way we can confidently deliver this personalized, end-to-end search experience is through the integration of Cortana, Microsoft Edge and Bing – all designed to do more for you.

Certainly, it will boost Bing and Microsoft Edge as users don’t have any other options anymore.

Although these changes does not affect the default browser or search engine used by that browser.