Microsoft uploaded a video of an employee dumping Edge for Chrome

You know that common anxiety dream where you’re giving an important presentation, and suddenly realise you’re naked? In some ways, what happened to a Microsoft employee giving a presentation on Azure was actually worse. Faced with a persistently crashing Microsoft Edge browser, he was forced to stop everything and install Google Chrome.

Scrolling past the banner at the top of the page which reads “Microsoft Edge is the faster, safer browser on Windows 10 and it is already installed on your PC,” the employee continues regardless to giggles from the audience.

To be entirely fair, the man in question handles in admirably, joking that “we’re not going to help make Google better” as he unticks the box for sending error reports. “The Edge on these machines are locked down a little bit and there are some things that don’t work at all…” he trails off.

How do I know all of this? Because Microsoft uploaded it to Youtube. Specifically to the Microsoft Ignite channel.

You can see the whole moment in the video below. The relevant section begins at 37:10.

On the bright side, this has helped the video get over a quarter of a million views, which is more than a film entitled “Migrating your applications, data and workloads to Microsoft Azure – BRK2233” deserves. On the negative side, it’s not really a great advertisement for Microsoft Edge as a browser.

After four minutes, the employee finally finishes installing Chrome and logging back into Azure. To whoops and applause from the audience, he responds “Bingo: I can use Chrome and log on to Azure.”

Not content with having around 60% of the global market share, it looks like Google wants a tiny slice more of the 5.5% Microsoft Edge is clinging on to.

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