Image: Vivaldi

Microsoft has been going to great lengths in recent months to convince people Microsoft Edge is the best browser. That includes some aggressive advertising against rivals and even attempting to make it harder for users to choose another default browser. In response to Microsoft’s recent moves, Vivaldi CEO Jon Von Tetzchner has slammed the company’s tactics.

Despite a recent history of embracing open source and seemingly being an advocate of competition, Von Tetzchner says Microsoft may not have changed at all:

“Microsoft back to its old tricks to get an edge on the competition”, the Edge rival has slammed Microsoft over this “blatantly anti-competitive” practice, calling it “openly abusing” and “desperate”.


it is frustrating in 2021 to find Microsoft blatantly engaging in anti-competitive practices once again


Microsoft’s moves seem desperate. And familiar.

[..] This is not the behavior of a confident company developing a superior browser. It’s the behavior of a company openly abusing its powerful position to push people to use its inferior product, simply because it can.”

So, Vivaldi’s CEO is not a fan of the Microsoft Edge push that has been happening recently. To ram home the point, the blog post from Von Tetzchner features an image (above) showing Edge with devil horns. Just in-case you forget how evil Microsoft is.

The CEO also points to the obstacles he found when trying to set Vivaldi as the default browser:

I was determined to set Vivaldi as my default browser, so I ignored Microsoft’s nudging and chose to “Switch anyway”.

Not so fast. The next time I started Edge, I saw this:


“That’s right, Microsoft once again pushing me to use Microsoft’s recommended browser settings. Now, which settings could those be? As I click through, I find that Edge is yet again the default browser.”


We recently reported how switching to another default browser (or any program) will become more difficult on Windows 11. On Windows 11, users get just one chance to see and select browser alternatives before Microsoft hides them. Specifically, like on Windows 10 when you open a web link for the first time, or install a new browser, the platform gives you the opportunity to select it as default.

Unless you choose “always use this app” this first time, the browser will not become default. Instead of a catch all toggle like “always use this app” or “always open with this program”, Microsoft is changing app defaults. The company will now force users to set defaults for every link type or file.

It is worth noting, earlier this month Microsoft reversed this decision and is reverting back to the old method. That means setting a default browser that is not Edge is now much easier and similar to the process on Windows 10.

Tip of the day: The Windows Sandbox gives Windows 10/11 Pro and Enterprise users a safe space to run suspicious apps without risk. In out tutorial we show you how to enable the Windows Sandbox feature.