Windows 10: A brief discourse on ‘Changing browsing experience’

  1. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18252
       22 Apr 2016 #1

    A brief discourse on ‘Changing browsing experience’

    In response to questions we’ve received from the software distribution and monetization industry, and following our blog announcing our browser modifier policy update, we’d like to provide some details on what we refer to in our policy as “changing browsing experience”.

    For us, “changing browsing experience” means behaviors that modify the content of webpages.

    We consider programs installed and running on a PC that make webpages look differently than they would on the same browser had those programs not been installed, to be programs that change browsing experience. These programs are required to use the browsers’ extensibility models.

    Browsers’ extensibility models ensure user choice and control. Extensible browsers present consent prompts that ensure users are asked to grant permission for an extension to be enabled. It is done using a consistent language and placement that is straightforward and clear.

    By requiring programs that change browsing experience to use the extensibility models, we ensure that users are kept at the helm of their choice and control. Programs can only make such alterations to webpages when users grant them the permission to do so, using the browsers’ consistent and reliable consent prompting.

    Some programs modify browsing access in ways that don’t insert or change web content. We don’t consider these as changing the browsing experience.

    Examples of programs that modify browsing access include:

    • VPNs – software type that provides access
    • Parental control programs – software type that restricts access

    If these programs don’t insert or change web content, then they are not changing browsing experiences. Therefore, they are not required to use the browsers’ extensibility models.

    Our intent with this policy is clear: we are determined to protect our customers’ choice and browsing experience control. The requirement to use the browsers’ supported extensibility models is an important pillar in achieving this goal.

    Barak Shein and Michael Johnson

    Source: A brief discourse on 'Changing browsing experience' | Microsoft Malware Protection Center
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  2. AndreTen's Avatar
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    Windows 10 (Pro and Insider Pro)
       23 Apr 2016 #1

    Anybody knows in what context was discussion carried out?

    Is there a political debate going on to prevent browser's extensibility or something?
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  3. Fafhrd's Avatar
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    Windows 10 x86 14383 Insider Pro and Core 10240
       23 Apr 2016 #2

    I don't know why it's here: Forum Rule 13 prevents us from discussing it! At least, in any depth.

    It's about browser features that affect monetarizing, and distribution of software as covered by Rule 3 in a form considered as "Malware".

    Malware, of course means different things to different folk. For some it is stuff that screws up your computer.

    For others like myself it is an assault on my senses by stuff that I just don't want to experience at any time.

    That's why I dislike Bing and MSN as much as I do.
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  4. AndreTen's Avatar
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    Windows 10 (Pro and Insider Pro)
       23 Apr 2016 #3

    Thanks Fafhrd!
    My thoughts were toward Forum Rule 13 also. But wanted to know, if something was discussed in political area or something.
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