Just like Android is the world’s most popular smartphone, Google’s Chrome is the world’s most used browser. While Microsoft has clearly recognized the later and has targetted their mobile software efforts to that platform, they have been less active on the desktop browser side, meaning to integrate with Microsoft services very often you have to be using the very unpopular Edge browser.
Microsoft does, however, have a number of extensions in the Chrome web store, including one rather interesting one for enterprise which could be a prototype for what they could do for consumers.
Windows 10 Accounts is a Chrome extension that is automatically pushed to devices by Group Policy which offers transparent single sign-on capabilities to services integrated with Microsoft Azure AD (e.g. Office 365, Exchange Online, OneDrive for Business, and even non-Microsoft apps and services) when you sign in to your Windows 10 device using your work or school account. You only need to sign in to your computer, using your work or school account, and you automatically have access to all your work or school resources (without needing to type in a password or be on your corporate network).
Using the extension users only need to sign in to their computer, using their work or school account, and automatically have access to all your work or school resources (without needing to type in a password or be on your corporate network).
This extension also allows device-based conditional access policies (which an IT organization may require for access to some applications) to be evaluated (where previously you’d get a “sorry, you need to use IE for this site” error).
The extension requires the Windows 10 Creators Update.
One can imagine a similar extension for consumers which would transport your web history to Cortana, allowing it to offer suggestions, information and deals, just like on Edge, but in a browser we actually use, and offering the same transparent single sign-on services to useful services like OneDrive and Cortana.
From our stats, I know the vast majority of our readers use Chrome. Would you appreciate such a plugin? Let us know below.