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Microsoft Edge Preview Comes to Android

14 October 2017, 12:43 | Antonio Miles

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Microsoft Edge Preview app now available for Android users from the Google Play Store

The Dutch DPA alleges that Microsoft is doing a poor job of informing customers of the type of data that it collects, and how their personal data is used by the company.

We welcome the opportunity to continue to work with the Dutch DPA on their comments related to Windows 10 Home and Pro, and we will continue to cooperate with the DPA to find appropriate solutions. Microsoft says Edge will also sync a user's favourites and reading lists across devices.

Microsoft Launcher comes with a touch of fluent design, the new design language is being used in the Windows 10 operating system and surprisingly Microsoft is also bringing some of the fluent design elements to the Android devices. They are not informed which data are being used for what objective, 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 afterward.


Specifically, in Windows 10 Home and Pro, the DPA finds that Microsoft does not clearly inform users about the type of data it is collecting, and for which objective. Another handy feature that the Edge browser offers is a built-in QR Code Reader.

According to the Dutch DPA, the objective of telemetry is two-fold.

I want our customers to know that it is a priority for us that Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro are clearly compliant under Dutch law. Microsoft has been saying that it collects and processes the data from the Windows 10 to secure and improve its products and services, fix issues and keep the devices up-to-date. "This approach gives us more control and better performance than using the Android WebView control, but means that we are shipping our own copy of the rendering engine in the app".


These data are called "telemetry data".

The Dutch Data Protection Authority (DPA) alleges that Microsoft has been using its marquee operating system to collect information on users' web surfing behavior so as to target them with personalized ads and recommendations.

If you are a Windows 10 user, then you may be knowing that Microsoft Edge browser is there in the Windows PC for a while and a large number of a majority is already used to it. Microsoft has noted that some features still need to be added, but my short time with the Android app has been pretty smooth so far. As a matter of fact, launching the iOS and Android versions of the browser is no assurance that it will dominate and push others aside; a lot still has to be done.




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