Microsoft to stop forcing Edge on Windows 11 users

Nancy J. Delong

Microsoft has altered the way Windows eleven handles switching default internet browsers, luckily, reversing an unpopular choice it manufactured when the OS was even now in pre-release screening (again in August).

A fresh preview (screening) version of Windows eleven (make 22509) now lets you swap the functioning system’s default browser with a easy one click which is just as it should really be (and the plan of factors in Windows ten).

So, what at present happens in Windows eleven? Properly, Microsoft concocted a somewhat convoluted method in the guise of featuring users a lot more fantastic-tuned manage in excess of what browser opens what documents, which was, as we noticed at the time of its inception, essentially a nightmare (and it remains so).

You get a person likelihood to improve your default browser away from Edge when you 1st install and fireplace up an alternate browser, like say Chrome or Firefox – and when you choose that alternate, you must try to remember to tick the ‘Always use this app’ box. If you really do not look at the box, you will not see this prompt again, and instead you are going to have to go into Configurations you and manually improve the default browser.

The problem is that at present with Windows eleven, this requires owning to stipulate Chrome (or whatsoever alternate you desire to use instead of the developed-in Edge browser) for various file varieties: HTML, HTM, PDF, SHTML, WEBP, HTTP, HTTPS, and a lot more. As we now famous, the concept pushed by Microsoft is that this allows for a lot more granular manage.

But what it definitely signifies for the mind-boggling the vast majority is a great deal of clicking and switching, but the good news is, as Rafael Rivera tweeted (by way of The Verge) to point out, in a new exam make, Windows eleven now has a easy ‘Set default’ button for browsers, bringing factors again in line with how Windows ten operates.

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Microsoft’s Aaron Woodman, VP of Windows advertising, instructed The Verge: “In the Windows eleven Insider Preview Make 22509 unveiled to the Dev Channel on Wednesday, we streamlined the ability for a Windows Insider to set the ‘default browser’ to applications that sign up for HTTP:, HTTPS:, .HTM, and .HTML.”

Investigation: This should really never ever have happened in the 1st area

Remember, this new plan is only in screening now, but with any luck, the improve should really arrive to the whole version of Windows eleven finally. As we touched on higher than, Microsoft’s argument about supplying a lot more fantastic-tuned manage for default configurations primarily based on user suggestions does not clean, at all. Plainly, this was – effectively, even now is for the time currently being – a way of generating sure Edge retains getting pushed to the forefront.

Alongside with all the various advertisements for Edge, which as we noticed earlier this week, have arrived at new lows in phrases of anti-Chrome pop-ups (including ‘that browser is so 2008!’).

We have said it right before, and we’ll say it again: Microsoft, you are not heading to nag people into making use of your browser (or something else), it’ll just annoy them and probably have the reverse result, if something. No person would be also bothered about the occasional pop-up, probably, but the amount of promotional action, blended with computer software variations like this entire debacle all over defaults, is risky territory to be treading.

At least this Windows eleven default browser choice has now been reversed, and we hope that the improve arrives as a result of faster somewhat than later on.

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