Microsoft is adding a crypto wallet to Edge

Tom Warren for The Verge:

Microsoft Edge will advertise the ability to purchase cryptocurrency from Coinbase and MoonPay through [a] built-in crypto wallet. It will also include the ability to connect decentralized apps to the wallet feature and support collecting and storing non-fungible tokens (NFTs).

Like many, I don’t need a crypto wallet, let alone one built into my browser. It benefits me in no way and only adds to the visual noise of Edge’s already overwhelming feature set. What’s conerning here is that Microsoft chose to prioritize work on this during a “period of focus” where they fired 10,000 people, including their AI ethics team.

This is both wildly out of touch with what consumers want and an insult to the people the company let go over the past couple months.

The culture surrounding crypto will keep it from ever being adopted in any meaningful way by the general population. It will remain forever tainted by tech bros, scammers, and shitlords.

The culture surrounding crypto will keep it from ever being adopted in any meaningful way by the general population. It will remain forever tainted by tech bros, scammers, and shitlords.

Rampant financial swindling in the crypto space, plus the unbelievably sketchy nature of keystone crypto institutions like Tether, suggests that a crash is coming sooner or later. If it does, NFTs will sell for something like their actual usefulness: nothing.

Ryan Cooper, The Week