Skype in Deal to Substitute Chrome for IE?

Skype in Deal to Substitute Chrome for IE?

Summary: I just came across an article saying that Skype is trying to replace IE with Chrome during installation or upgrade on systems where Internet Explorer is the default browser. I don't even know what to make of this, it bothers me in so many different ways and on so many different levels that I don't even know where to start.

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I just came across an article saying that Skype is trying to replace IE with Chrome during installation or upgrade on systems where Internet Explorer is the default browser. I don't even know what to make of this, it bothers me in so many different ways and on so many different levels that I don't even know where to start.

jw

Topic: Linux

J.A. Watson

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I started working with what we called "analog computers" in aircraft maintenance with the United States Air Force in 1970. After finishing military service and returning to university, I was introduced to microprocessors and machine language programming on Intel 4040 processors. After that I also worked on, operated and programmed Digital Equipment Corporation PDP-8, PDP-11 (/45 and /70) and VAX minicomputers. I was involved with the first wave of Unix-based microcomputers, in the early '80s. I have been working in software development, operation, installation and support since then.

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  • Skype in Deal to Substitute Chrome for IE?

    Looks like Google is taking lessons from Microsoft But, it seems that people trust Google more than they trust Microsoft. Personally, I don't trust anyone who is gathering personal information, and putting it in a data base, to be abused.
    ator1940
  • Skype in Deal to Substitute Chrome for IE?

    @Ator - fully agreed. Also in this case, I get very suspicious (and angry) when someone presumes to "know what's best" and tries to install (or even worse, replace) some totally unrelated software during a software installation or upgrade, and the default choice is YES. Even when the software in question is the dreaded and hated Internet Explorer. I have seen the consequences of this before with Skype; their installer used to (and I presume still does) install an add-on for IE and Firefox that looks for anything in a web page that resembles a phone number, and tries to highlight it and make it click-to-call with Skype. This was supposedly a "user-selectable option", but the selection was hidden on a page of the installation that virtually no one went to, and the default was YES, so it got installed 99% of the time, without the user even knowing about it. The problem was, it didn't WORK properly 99% of the time, it frequently caused both IE and Firefox to crash, and in some cases would actually make them impossible to use.

    jw
    j.a.watson1
  • Skype in Deal to Substitute Chrome for IE?

    Sorry to play the devils advocate here but this is just a distribution deal and the default selection is to Opt out of installing Chrome? Cross marketing & distribution deals happen all the time between companies.

    Google does not quite live up to their "Don't be evil" motto, but its still a far cry from Microsoft's reputation.

    Note that Chrome is now being offered during the installation of Avast Anti-virus software as well.

    "Starting in mid-November, we will be giving our new users an option to install Google Chrome when installing Avast. We are not forcing Chrome on users. It is entirely up to the user
    Tristan-A
  • Skype in Deal to Substitute Chrome for IE?

    Have you actually installed Skype and seen for yourself that the default is not to install Chrome? I have not, as I will not install Skype on any of my computers for this or any other reason. I think that the original description is unclear on whether Chrome is installed by default or not. For example, it says this:

    <i>The choice for installation of Chrome is on by default. Marshall confirmed that the default setting is opt-out.</i>

    You have to be very careful how you read and interpret this kind of statement. If I understand correctly, "Opt-out" means that the installation <b>will</b> be done by default, and you have to choose the option not to install it. The opposite situation, "Opt-in", is when the installation will not be done by default, and you have to choose to do it. But that is some very fine parsing of the syntax, and who knows how Skype chooses to interpret it?

    Then, a bit later in the same article, it says this:

    <i>The optional, but checked, installation of Chrome is in effect since Skype version 4.0.0.224</i>

    Ok, now I'm confused... and then it says this:

    <i>The Google Toolbar is also an opt-out, on default the Toolbar is installed.</i>

    So, will Chrome be installed by default during a new installation or upgrade of Skype? Beats me. I can tell you for 100% certain, from my own experience, that the installation of Skype's buggy and broken plug-ins for IE and Firefox was on by default, so I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if it installs Chrome by default as well.

    If it is in fact not installed by default, then I have much less objection to this "distribution agreement". I still think it is rather "dirty pool" if as they say it only offers the Chrome installation to users who have IE as their default browser, and not to those who have Firefox, Opera or whatever, but that is not nearly as much of an end user problem.

    Thanks for reading and commenting, and playing devil's advocate - it is always good to clarify something like this.

    jw
    j.a.watson1