Microsoft brings back nagging Bing alerts in Windows 10

midian182

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Facepalm: Given its history with the Windows 10 upgrade nags, one might imagine Microsoft understands how much people hate nagging pop-up alerts. But that hasn’t stopped the company from bringing back one of its most hated campaigns that utilizes the irritating feature; prepare for ads advising you to switch to the Bing search engine.

Windows Latest reports that the nags returned as part of the Edge 91 update for Microsoft’s web browser. Those who haven’t set Edge as their default browser and users who manually changed to a different search engine will see the prompts.

There are reportedly two ads for Bing: one promoting the “latest trending news” on its homepage’s MSN newsfeed, and the engine’s secure/private results; the other claiming users can save money online by switching to Bing in countries where the Microsoft Rewards feature is available.

In typical Microsoft fashion, the prompts don’t come with a “No, thanks” option. You can either select “Yes, change settings” or hit “Maybe later,” suggesting that dismissing the prompt will only see it return in the future.

You might remember how, in 2016, the company’s Get Windows 10 (GWX) pop-up, which offered the choices of “Upgrade Now” or “Start Download, Upgrade later,” was changed so anyone selecting the box’s corner X unwittingly gave consent for the upgrade to take place at the scheduled time. Microsoft later admitted that these malware-like tactics “went too far.”

The good news is that there is a way to get rid of these Bing notifications permanently. Simply launch Edge and enter “edge://flags” in the URL bar to show the browser’s experimental features, then find “Show feature and workflow recommendations” and change the drop-down menu to “Disabled.”

Despite attracting praise and more users since switching to a Chromium-based version, Edge holds a mere 3.39% of the browser market, whereas Chrome boasts a 64.5% share. According to Statcounter, it’s an even grimmer picture for Bing, whose 2.9% search engine market share pales in comparison to Google’s 92.2%.

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yRaz

Posts: 3,816   +3,960
I really wish Microsoft would go with a "less is more" mentality. I know I rag on windows 10 all the time, but all my complaints are mostly cosmetic or ease of use related. They really just need to let people use windows the way the individual wants to without interruption. Not use windows the way Microsoft wants you to use it.
 

Wrinkle

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The majority of people wouldn't notice the difference between Edge or Chrome.
If Edge wouldnt advertise itself constantly and let people do simple things like, say, change the start page it could easily be a success.

Microsoft is shooting itself in the foot with this one.
 

Gomos

Posts: 65   +99
Maybe I should try Bing. Google peaked more than 10 years ago, results have become progressively worse since then. I tried DuckDuckGo for a few weeks and it was terrible, any attempt at searching something very specific or niche was a failure.
 

BadThad

Posts: 616   +657
"There are reportedly two ads for Bing: one promoting the “latest trending news” on its homepage’s MSN newsfeed"

MSN newsfeed....WHAT AN ABSOLUTE JOKE! "MSN Brainwashing Feed for the Ignorant" is what it should be called. Completely despicable, fake news spewing forth from MSN!
 
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terzaerian

Posts: 981   +1,419
Maybe I should try Bing. Google peaked more than 10 years ago, results have become progressively worse since then. I tried DuckDuckGo for a few weeks and it was terrible, any attempt at searching something very specific or niche was a failure.
The only niche I've found DDG lacking in is memes... and I'm sure Google will start cracking down on that troublesome form of free expression soon enough.

Otherwise I'll take a search engine that reveals the objective web over the algorithmic smokescreens and thought-shaping of Google anyday.
 

texasrattler

Posts: 1,192   +561
Still have no issue with 10. No pop ups are coming up. Been using Google search forever as my default engine. Using the latest updates.
 

TsVkK

Posts: 68   +37
Maybe I should try Bing. Google peaked more than 10 years ago, results have become progressively worse since then. I tried DuckDuckGo for a few weeks and it was terrible, any attempt at searching something very specific or niche was a failure.
DDG gives better technical results than Google, rather than promoting tech companies.
 

Zinixo

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When are these companies going to learn, the more you try to force something on people the more resistance you will receive
 

Gomos

Posts: 65   +99
The only niche I've found DDG lacking in is memes... and I'm sure Google will start cracking down on that troublesome form of free expression soon enough.

Otherwise I'll take a search engine that reveals the objective web over the algorithmic smokescreens and thought-shaping of Google anyday.
Believe me, I have a deep hatred for Google... but I also need to find what I am looking for. My searches with DDG were quite frustrating.