On Friday, Microsoft released the new Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17263 for Skip Ahead users. As you might be knowing, the changes and improvements pushed as a part of the build will be included in the semi-annual Windows 10 feature update (codenamed Redstone 5) releasing in the second half of 2018.
Ever since it replaced IE, Microsoft has been trying to promote their second home-baked browser, Edge. Recently, the company added a separate link in Microsoft Store to encourage the adoption of Edge’s 91 browser extensions.
Now, they have found a new way to make people use Edge browser more than ever.
In the latest insider build, the links clicked in the Windows Mail app will now open in Edge browser. Microsoft says their browser “provides the best, most secure and consistent experience on Windows 10 and across devices.” The company claims, in addition to many features, it provides better battery life than other browsers.
Since its release in 2015, Edge has only achieved a market share of around 4% while its competitors Chrome and Firefox are way ahead. So, opening Windows Mail links in Edge by default might not be comfortable for many Windows users.
Edge has improved a lot over IE and better integrates with Windows 10. But should this mean that the browser is made compulsory for the users? Microsoft already has a history of forcing their products.
Fortunately, the feature is currently rolled out for Insider testing and Microsoft is expecting responses in the Feedback hub. Based on the Feedback, Microsoft would decide whether to give it a green signal or not. Other than RS5, there could be chances that the feature may arrive directly to the Mail app.