Microsoft recently made the switch to base their Edge browser on the open-source Chromium code, but Google is apparently not so sure if the browser is safe.
As Windows Spotted last, the internet giant began to give a warning to Microsoft Edge users trying to install Chrome extensions, arguing that the Google Chrome browser is the safer option. This error message appears to appear when user-agent strings in the URL indicate that the user is in the Edge browser.
Many browsers are based on the Chromium code, but only Google’s Chrome is officially supported by the company. However, Google generally finds it pretty good with others, including Vivaldi and Brave.
That is why it is a bit surprising and also to see Google appear that may seem to be the biggest competitor and to use questionable tactics to discourage users from deviating from Chrome. Another important factor is that Google still has to explain how and why Edge’s security is inferior to its own.
In response, Edge and others, such as Vivaldi, are changing the way their browsers work to make it harder for users to detect and filter like Google does. Although this recent development is not entirely an attack on Microsoft, it does not really support the open source nature of Chromium.