Microsoft has addressed a bug in the Edge browser that was unauthorizedly accessing and taking Chrome tabs and data

Microsoft has fixed a recent issue with its Edge browser that included tabs and browsing history from Chrome being automatically imported without user permission. When I encountered this glitch myself last month, I discovered that Microsoft Edge opened automatically with the Chrome tabs I had been using before to the update after I rebooted my computer for a routine Windows update.
Microsoft declined to respond to my repeated questions about why this behavior was happening to so many Windows users. The vulnerability has since been fixed by the firm in a covert manner in the most recent Microsoft Edge release.

The fix suggests that there was a problem with the way the settings governing the automatic import of browsing data across multiple devices were displayed and synchronized. We have contacted Microsoft to ask for more information about the underlying source of this issue, but we do not anticipate hearing back from them.
Microsoft’s hesitation to react might be related to the company’s past use of strategies similar to those used by spyware makers to advertise their web browser. Although the current problem might be a legitimate bug, Microsoft has a history of using strategies like using monthly Windows updates to launch Edge and pin it to the desktop and taskbar without permission and to introduce polls or prompts that abruptly dissuade users from downloading Chrome. The people who created the Firefox browser, Mozilla, have commissioned a study to examine Microsoft’s business practices and how they affect end users. The study explores Microsoft’s use of design strategies that are considered detrimental and in conflict with the company’s own design standards, potentially weakening competition from alternative browsers.
One strategy that has been noticed is the employment of subtle methods to force users of Windows 11 to use Edge instead of their default browser when they click on a link from the Windows Widgets panel or search results. Furthermore, Microsoft started requiring Outlook and Teams to open links in Edge last year, which infuriated IT administrators.

In the EEA markets—which include the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway—particular strategies used by Microsoft are slated to be addressed under the Digital Markets Act (DMA). The possibility to uninstall Edge will be granted to Windows 11 customers in certain markets, and search engines like Google will be able to improve the default Windows Search interface by adding their own personalized online searches. It is noteworthy that although Windows is subject to DMA restrictions, Microsoft is not obligated to modify Edge, Bing, or Microsoft Advertising, as these entities are not subject to the DMA requirements. Even while Microsoft has promised to stop imposing Edge on users who have selected other browsers, these modifications only deal with a few of the strategies mentioned in the research and will only affect users in the European Economic Area.

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