Microsoft is testing a new way to improve the adoption rate of the Windows 10’s default Edge browser. It could be yet another controversial change in Windows 10, and many users won’t be happy with it. Microsoft yesterday released a new build 17623 with updated Windows 10 Mail app that would open the links in Edge browser by default.
It’s worth noting that that the new Mail app is only available for Windows Insiders (beta testers). The new Mail app could be released for public with Redstone 5 in late 2018, so Microsoft still has enough time to abandon the new strategy. In the latest Insider Preview build, Microsoft is forcing the users to open links clicked on the Mail app in Microsoft Edge.
Microsoft is actually thinking to lock the Mail app to Microsoft Edge regardless of the browser you are using, apparently many users won’t be happy with it. Clicking links in Mail app won’t launch any third-party browser, for example even if Google Chrome or Firefox is set as the default web browser in Windows 10 the Mail app will still open the Edge browser whenever a link is clicked.
In simple words, Windows 10 will ignore the settings and use Edge browser but only when a link is clicked in the Mail app. Microsoft claims that this would improve the user experience as Edge provides the best, most secure and consistent experience on Windows 10 devices. The company, however, has no plan to implement this change in the public version of the operating system and the faith of the feature will be decided on the basis of the feedback gathered from the Insiders.
This change won’t have any impact on any version of Windows 10 as no decision has been made just yet. Microsoft is looking for feedback from the Windows Insiders and if the votes are against the change, it won’t be implemented in the public version of Windows 10 operating system.
“For Windows Insiders in the Skip Ahead ring, we will begin testing a change where links clicked on within the Windows Mail app will open in Microsoft Edge, which provides the best, most secure and consistent experience on Windows 10 and across your devices,” the company explains. Windows 10 Redstone 5 will be released in the fall of this year, and it’s very likely that Microsoft will abandon the practice by that time.