Google recommends switching to Chrome to use extensions safely. This is strange because the new Microsoft Edge is now based on Chromium. You can install extensions from the Chrome Web Store into Edge. But Google advises against it ̵
Why is Google warning about Edge?
Google shows you a warning message when you navigate to the Chrome Web Store in Microsoft Edge. You can install extensions in Edge from the Chrome Web Store. However, you'll see a large banner that says "Google recommends switching to Chrome to use extensions safely" and a link to download Google Chrome.
So what is there – why does Google think? Microsoft Edge is a less secure platform for extensions than Google Chrome because both are based on the same underlying Chromium code?
Google won't say this. The warning message does not contain links for additional information, and Google has not publicly explained its reasons. Bleeping Computer asked Google to explain the message but received no response.
Here is a theory: Malicious extensions are regularly displayed in the Chrome Web Store. If they are discovered, Google cannot only remove them from the store. Google can remotely disable them in all users' Chrome browsers to ensure Chrome users are no longer using this malicious software. It's just how Apple can remotely delete a malicious app on your iPhone when necessary.
This happened recently. In February 2020, Google discovered more than 500 malicious extensions in the Chrome Web Store, removed them from the store, and disabled them remotely on users' PCs to keep Chrome users safe.
Microsoft has removed much of the Google service code, so it is possible that Google has no way to remotely disable malicious extensions in Microsoft Edge browsers.
Edge also warns of the Chrome Web Store
Maybe there is an easier answer. Microsoft also warns against using the Chrome Web Store.
Before installing extensions from the Chrome Web Store into Edge, you must agree to a warning message that “Extensions installed from sources other than the Microsoft Store may not have been verified. “
In a world where Microsoft Edge warns of Google’s Chrome Web Store, it may not come as a surprise that the Chrome Web Store warns of Edge.
It would be nice if Google and Microsoft found out between the two of them and offered their customers some clear, useful information. Google should explain this cryptic warning message, but we're not sure whether the company will do it.
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