Microsoft Edge Automatically Installs Google Docs Offline Extension, Raises Questions
Users of Microsoft Edge have reported that the browser is automatically installing the Google Docs Offline extension without their consent. The extension allows users to work offline with Google’s web-based office tools, including Docs, Sheets, and Slides. This installation has been occurring since the release of Edge version 114.0.1823.58, and it is expected to be rolled out to all users, although it is not enabled by default.
Automatic Installation and Activation: Microsoft pre-installs the Google Docs Offline extension but keeps it disabled by default. However, when users visit the Google Docs site, the extension is automatically enabled. This means that the extension sits in the background doing nothing until the user accesses Google Docs.