Microsoft Plays Games With Silverlight
To play certain videos, like Netflix and videos on Microsoft’s site, you’ll need to install Microsoft Silverlight. And we’ve hammered Sun (Java) and Adobe (Flash Player) for trying to sneak software unto people’s computers or hijack their search engine and/or browser Start page. It’s bad enough that Sun Java and Adobe Flash Player installers are hijackers or contain PUPs, but it’s even worse when Microsoft plays this game.
Microsoft should be above this kind of thing, but take a look:
Microsoft Silverlight will hijack your default browser and browser start page if you are not careful to uncheck these two pre-checked items. Note also that this does not apply to Internet Explorer but to Firefox and Chrome as well. It doesn’t just apply to Windows either, it applies to Apple as well.
It’s too bad that Microsoft needs to do sneaky things like this to compete with Google. We’ve been very happy with the changes Microsoft has made over the last 18 months and we both think Windows 10 is a great operating system.
Microsoft doesn’t need to be petty and try to hike users’ search engines or browser start pages. They should be be bigger than this.
What do you think? Do you think Microsoft should rise about trying to hijack a user’s search engine and browser start page?