Microsoft Edge may have found another that lives up to its name and gained edge Through the Google Chrome browser. The latest Beta version of the browser shows that Edge will restrict (if not block) auto-playing videos on websites by default. Did you know that those clips that no one had thought of, when they popped up suddenly, punctured the well-known recording needle in your brain?
This news comes from Techdows, the company found that the Chromium-based Edge Canary (read the beta version) version has changed. This version of Edge provides two settings under “Media AutoPlay”: “Allow” and “Restrict”, the latter is the new default setting in Edge version 91
As you may have guessed, the restriction is not the same as “blocking”. There used to be a blocking option, but now it is locked behind a flag that must be enabled first. And it obviously never really worked. Having said that, this may just be a test. Beta versions of products usually just show what a company is thinking Not what it will do in the long run.
In other words, Edge has no reason not to take autoplay more seriously. If Microsoft launches an advertising campaign to disrupt Chrome’s autoplay video, it may be the shortest moment in the current browser’s history.
At the same time, as Chrome users have learned from their daily experience using Google’s web browser, the software does not provide such default settings. Perhaps this is because, even if it is not a company based on online advertising, Google is nothing. No one can say for sure, because Google itself has not given any reason.
(Obviously), this is the latest move in a series of efforts by Microsoft to almost monopolize Chrome in the browser market. Recently, Edge added vertical tabs to use screen space more economically, and also added its own password manager.
In other words, Edge currently only accounts for 3.45% of the global browser market (according to statistics from statcounter), while Chrome accounts for 64.15%. In other words, Chrome’s market share is 18.59 times that of Edge. There are many foundations to make up for.