Google "recommends switching to Chrome to use extensions safely." That is strange, because the new Microsoft Edge is now based on Chromium. You can install extensions from the Chrome Web Store in Edge. But Google does not recommend it ̵
Why does Google warn against Edge?
Google displays a warning message when you navigate to the Chrome Web Store in Microsoft Edge. In the Chrome Web Store you can install extensions in Edge, but there is a large banner with the text "Google recommends to switch to Chrome to use extensions safely" along with a link to download Google Chrome.
So what gives – why does Google think Microsoft Edge is a less secure platform for extensions than Google Chrome, given that both are based on the same underlying Chromium code? Google will not say
. The warning message contains no links for additional information and Google has not publicly explained the reason for this. Bleeping Computer asked Google to explain the message, but received no reply.
Here's a theory: malicious extensions regularly appear in the Chrome Web Store. When they are discovered, Google can do more than just remove them from the Store. Google can disable them remotely in everyone's Chrome browser, so that Chrome users still don't use that malicious software. It is just like how Apple can remotely remove a malicious app on your iPhone if needed.
This happened recently. In February 2020, Google discovered more than 500 malicious extensions in the Chrome Web Store, removed them from the Store, and turned them off remotely on people's PCs to keep Chrome users safe.
Microsoft has removed much of the Google services code from Microsoft Edge, so it is possible that Google has no way to disable malicious extensions in remote Microsoft Edge browsers.
Edge warns against the Chrome Web Store, also
And again, maybe there is an easier answer. Microsoft also warns you about using the Chrome Web Store.
Before installing extensions from the Chrome Web Store to Edge, you must agree to a message that warns that "Extensions installed from sources other than the Microsoft Store have not been verified and may affect browser performance."
In a world where Microsoft & # 39; s Edge warns of Google's Chrome Web Store, it is perhaps no surprise that the Chrome Web Store is warning of Edge.
It would be nice if Google and Microsoft put this between the two of them and offered their customers clear, useful information. Google should explain this cryptic warning message, but we are not sure if the company will.
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