Amid the praises that tech bloggers and critics are showering Windows 10 in the first few days of its release, Mozilla has called out Microsoft for doing something completely different... and unexpected.
The company most famous for its Firefox browser says it’s harder to set a default app in Windows 10 compared to previous versions. Chris Beard, Mozilla’s CEO, outlined his concerns in an open letter addressed directly to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella: “It now takes more than twice the number of mouse clicks, scrolling through content and some technical sophistication for people to reassert the choices they had previously made in earlier versions of Windows. It’s confusing, hard to navigate and easy to get lost.”
To back up its claims, Mozilla posted a demo on Youtube showing the process of setting a default app on Windows 10.
While this new philosophy is an unexpected change of heart from Microsoft’s top management, I find it strange personally that only Microsoft is subject to this kind of scrutiny and criticism. For instance, changing the default browser on a Mac is not exactly a walk in the park either. But you don’t see CEOs of companies that develop third-party browsers labeling Apple’s practice as “disturbing”.
I’m pretty sure we’ll be seeing a lot more coverage of Windows 10’s eccentricities and quirks in the coming weeks, and I’m curious to see how Microsoft will respond. Windows 10 is the glue that binds all of the company’s multitude of services, after all, from desktop to mobile and back again.