Windows 10 Mail App with Edge

Windows 10 Mail app used to open links in Microsoft Edge despite the browser’s settings. Of course, users did not embrace this feature warmly and Microsoft was faced with a some serious backlashing.

Here’s some good news about the October 2018 Update: Microsoft has completely backed off on plans to force the Edge browser on Windows 10 Mail app users.

In March 2018, Microsoft announced it was “testing” a change that would completely ignore any default web browser choice when opening links in the Windows 10 Mail app. Such links would, therefore, always open in Microsoft Edge. Microsoft promoted this choice by quoting that Edge; “provides the best, most secure and consistent experience on Windows 10.” A lot of users think the most consistent experience is using the default (user chosen) web browser every other application on the system uses, be it an alternative like Chrome or Firefox.

“We look forward to feedback,” wrote Microsoft. Microsoft got that feedback in the form of many complaints, and they have removed this change without any further public announcement.

Basically, Mail would ignore your default browser unless you dug deep into the Reading pane options and disabled it. This was first reported by Italian blog Aggiornamenti Lumia back in July.

On March 16, Microsoft released build 17623 of Windows 10 Redstone 5 , which introduced a novelty not very welcome to users: opening hyperlinks of mail with Microsoft Edge. In essence, for four months now, Insider users who use a Redstone 5 build are forced to open the mail links of the Mail app with Microsoft Edge , even if it was chosen as system browser any other (Google Chrome , Mozilla, Opera etc.). This is what Microsoft announced last March:

For Windows Insiders in the Skip Ahead ring, we will begin testing a change where links clicked on within the Windows Mail app will open in Microsoft Edge, which provides the best, most secure and consistent experience on Windows 10 and across your devices. With built-in features for reading, note-taking, Cortana integration, and easy access to services such as SharePoint and OneDrive, Microsoft Edge enables you to be more productive, organized and creative without sacrificing your battery life or security. As always, we look forward to feedback from our WIP community.

Aggiornamenti Lumia posted a screenshot of the new version of the app that’s just around the corner in the coming [revised] October 2018 release of Windows 10. In the lower part of the screenshot, there’s a new setting option that has “on / toggle” for opening links in Microsoft Edge.

Microsoft Windows 10 Mail app default Browser Links
Microsoft Windows 10 Mail app default Browser Links

New UI elements included in the Mail and Calendar app

The screenshot also shows the new UI elements packaged in the Mail and Calendar app. There is a likely hood of some new icons for the mail folders and a icons for the users’ multiple accounts.

This upcoming change is a sign that hints at the fact that Microsoft is now, at least, not considering to push Edge and instead there some good enhancements for the Mail app based on some user feedback.

Microsoft has always [desperately] pushed Edge, which explains the warning to users switching Edge in preference to installing and using Chrome or Edge.

Microsoft Windows 10 default Browser (Edge)
Microsoft Windows 10 default Browser (Edge)

Thankfully, those warnings have been removed after a lot of user feedback.

However, The Windows 10 “Cortana” app still ignores your chosen web browser and points you to use Microsoft Edge.

Also Windows 10 offers adverts on the lock screen via Windows Spotlight. Randomly Windows Spotlight will just demo view cool wallpapers, along with advertisements for games like Rise of the Tomb Raider and Quantum Break in the Windows Store. To get rid of these lock screen ads, head to Settings > Personalization > Lock Screen and set the background to “Picture” or “Slideshow” instead of Windows Spotlight.

Finally, Microsoft still appears to install apps like Candy Crush on your PC without asking.

Due to the “Microsoft Consumer Experience” program, such items cannot be disabled on normal Windows 10 Home or Professional systems.

Microsoft Consumer Experience - Extra Applications (Candy Crush)
Microsoft Consumer Experience – Extra Applications (Candy Crush)

The Microsoft Consumer Experience is a background task that runs when a new user account is created in Windows 10 for the first time. It then automatically downloads apps like Candy Crush Soda Saga, FarmVille 2: Country Escape, Facebook, TripAdvisor, and possibly other items Microsoft considers to promote.