Microsoft Edge for Android now available for Download at Play Store

Delia Watkins
October 14, 2017

So far, the Microsoft Edge preview was only available on iOS, via Apple's Test Flight beta program.

The Dutch DPA investigated Windows 10 Home and Pro and found that Microsoft still doesn't properly inform users about the type of data it collects, nor for what objective. The company does not clearly inform users that it continuously collects personal data about the usage of apps and web surfing behaviour through its web browser Edge, when the default settings are used.

Although collection of data is a generally unpopular practice from a consumer standpoint, Microsoft does have valid uses and benefits from collecting extensive metadata. And a lot of features of Widows Edge are still not there.

This style of sharing is all part of Microsoft's push to build an ecosystem around your Windows 10 devices that can easily include Android and iOS mobile devices for cross platform/device sharing. If this is not the case, the Dutch DPA can decide to impose a sanction on Microsoft. You can trace this strategy back to 2014, when Microsoft released a trio of Office apps for iOS.

"Due to Microsoft's approach users lack control of their data", claims the DPA.

Microsoft Edge Preview for Android offers a range of features that you may have appreciated on its desktop client.

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The app is in preview, which means that more features are on the way. "They are not informed which data are being used for what goal, neither that based on these data, personalized advertisements and recommendations can be presented, if those users have not opted out from these default settings on installation or afterwards". We'll undoubtedly be hearing more about these apps once the Fall Creators Update for Windows 10 drops, so stay tuned.

These data are called "telemetry data".

Microsoft also "upgraded" users who had manually selected the basic telemetry option themselves to the full telemetry level when they installed the Windows 10 Creators Update over their previous version of Windows 10.

The company's default browser for Windows 10 is an uncluttered Internet Explorer replacement. Facebook used to do something similar by making users' posts more public nearly every time it updated its privacy policy.

In this regard, the security of the OS is not particularly relevant and the report found that there was no significant difference between users on an open platform like Windows 10 and closed platforms like Windows 10 S or Chrome OS.

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