Microsoft Edge Automatically Installs Google Docs Offline Extension, Raises Questions

Microsoft Edge Automatically Installs Google Docs Offline Extension, Raises Questions

Analysis: Perplexing Decision and Lack of Transparency Microsoft’s decision to install the Google Docs Offline extension in Edge is puzzling. It is unusual for a browser to automatically install an extension for a competing service, especially without informing users explicitly. While the feature is mentioned in the release notes, it is unlikely that many users read through them.

Concerns and Unnecessary Bloat: The installation of an unwanted extension raises concerns about Edge becoming bloated and engaging in stealthy installation behavior. Although the Google Docs Offline extension may not affect users who don’t use Google Docs, it remains an unnecessary component running in the background. With recent testing indicating Microsoft’s effort to avoid such practices, this move seems contradictory.