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Microsoft Edge: Fix Issued Quickly to Stop Browser Crashing When Google is the Default Search

Microsoft quickly rolled out a fix to Microsoft Edge when the browser started crashing when Google was the default search.


has acted quickly to fix an issue in its new Chromium browser. Users started complaining about the browser crashing when was set as the default search. These crashes would occur when the user was inputting into the address bar.

There was no waiting until for this fix. Instead, Microsoft got to work and rolled out a fix hours after reports started gathering pace. Clearly, Chromium Microsoft Edge is now an important part of .

Microsoft knows most people use Google as a default search. In other words, the company needed to squash this bug fast because it could have affected most Edge users. The company is increasingly trying to push Edge as an alternative to Google's Chrome, especially in enterprise. If this bug was left it could have reduced confidence in the browser.

Interestingly, the bug affected Microsoft Edge on Windows and Mac.

Blame Game

Of course, there was an easy way for users to avoid the bug while waiting for Microsoft's fix… remove Google as the default search engine.

The bug led to some conspiracies with users saying Google could be behind the problem to push people to Chrome. Others suggested Microsoft was behind the issue, hoping users would switch to Bing for searches.

More likely, this was a good old-fashioned bug. That said, Microsoft has not said what was causing the crashes. While the company was investigating, it said users should disable Search Suggestions in edge://settings/search.

After a few hours, the company returned with the fix:

“We believe this to be resolved now. We encourage you to revert your browser settings that you may have changed, and let us know if you are still experiencing any crashes typing into the address bar,” Microsoft said in a tweet.

Luke Jones
Luke Jones
Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.

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