Microsoft to ‘warn’ Windows 10 users not to install Chrome or Firefox

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Mohammad Hussein al-Baghdadi

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Posted 1 week ago

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Brad, Viasat Employee

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"please use Internet Explore: Resurrection" 
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VeteranSatUser, Champion

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I hate Edge! IDC what Microsoft says!
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GabeU, Champion

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Well, it does say that it won't be in the final product, but it certainly would be annoying, no doubt.  I'm keeping my Chrome, whether MS likes it or not.  If they want me to use Edge, make it worth using.  
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david, Champion

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I'll quit using Microsoft before I quit using Firefox. I'm about one good Windows aggravating from moving everything to Mint Linux anyway although that might not happen until Win 7 ends next Jan. '20 as I just got rid of my last install of Win 10.
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Ronald Stricklin

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After Vista I left the windows world, well except for fixing other peoples computers with windows.
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GabeU, Champion

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Vista was pretty bad, though I think Me was the absolute worst.  

Linux Mint is a great OS.  Have it on a second HDD in this desktop.  
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Mark Davis

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i have been using FIREFOX with windows 10 and i have had no problems!
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johnny c

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Use Chrome, Firefox, Sparrow, Edge, no issues.
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fmj77

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So MS is going to warn us to abandon browsers that are much faster and secure than their own? No thanks.
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For all of you Firefox and Chrome die-hards, please give Viasat Browser a chance.  It is way faster over Viasat Internet as it has been optimized for satellite, it protects your privacy by blocking trackers and it blocks ads and HTML5 video preloads/autoplays to save you data.  If you like Chrome, you will like Viasat Browser as it is built off of Chromium; you get the same look and feel and security features.  

If you are skeptical, I don't blame you.  Search the forum to see what other customers are saying about it.

Viasat Browser (formerly the Sparrow browser) is available for Windows and Mac and is now also available for Android and iOS. 
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Brian Coverstone

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Has ViaSat ever considered setting up a giant proxy for caching common web resources?  You would then also have the advantage of viewing resources requests in plain text instead of encrypted.

Of course, this wouldn't reduce the actual satellite transmission, but would reduce the internet bandwidth required by ViaSat's central office.  Actually, it might reduce the satellite transmission because plain text is much easier to compress than encrypted text.
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DavidBrowserGuy, Browser Expert

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We don't recommend that you disable prefetching.  The overhead is low and the speed improvements are significant.
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DavidBrowserGuy, Browser Expert

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These days, most web content is end-to-end encrypted and hence cannot be cached without introducing a man-in-the-middle.  For Viasat Browser (or Chrome users) approximately 90% of pages are now encrypted.  https://transparencyreport.google.com/https/overview?hl=en
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My only complaint with Sparrow is that it doesn't let me search for Chrome extensions. I type in something, hit search and nothing ever shows up. If you know how to fix this please enlighten me.
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Brian Coverstone

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@DavidBrowserGuy, when you use a proxy, the data from the browser to the proxy is either not encrypted, or uses a private certificate that the proxy can decrypt, so that it can look at the request headers.
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They may remove the warning box but methinks below the scenes they will do their best to cripple Firefox and Chrome.  For years I've seen Firefox start crashing after each Windows 'update'.  

I installed and use the ViaSat browser and like it.  Seems stable and fast.  
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