Microsoft really wants you to use the edge browserSo much so that the company has linked it to PC optimization in a new Settings app. Microsoft PCManager it does what you can always do by opening the settings menu, but the new app also prompts you to set Edge as your default browser.
Screenshots of the new app were posted on Twitter by @ALumia_Italy and it appears to show what a public beta version of the app is. The application performs basic maintenance functions. You can check startup applications, check for updates, run Disk Cleanup, and other minor optimizations.
There are several indications for reset default browser to Edge within PC Manager. For example, an analysis of Posible problems which sounds scary includes a checkbox to use Edge. The average non-tech savvy user could do it.
Of course, we have nothing against Microsoft Edge. It’s a solid browser with plenty of tricks up its sleeve and is possibly the best browser to use for cloud gaming.
But the way Microsoft tries to push Edge on us is unsettling. They make it ridiculously difficult to use another browser as the default in Windows 10 or Windows 11. They include desktop pop-ups that remind you to use Edge. This new PC Manager app comes as another persistent call to use the browser.
So is Microsoft PC Manager a useful app or adware for Edge? After all, it could already do everything the app offers, and while it compiles a few different settings into one useful interface, do we really need to be reminded of Edge all over again?