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posted by martyb on Friday August 20 2021, @12:46PM   Printer-friendly
from the tigers-never-change-their-stripes dept.

Windows 11 Is Making It Absurdly Difficult to Change Browsers
In a page ripped right out of the '90s, Microsoft reminds us that it's still engaging in the browser wars.

[....] there have been plenty of chances to dive into the OS to see what's next from Microsoft. And there's evidence of the same old story. Namely, Microsoft wants to make it hard for you to use a browser that isn't Edge.

The Verge reports on how convoluted the new process is to change the default browser in Windows 11. Like in Windows 10, you'll get a prompt when you click on a web link asking you to choose an app. But unless you specifically tell the system that you'd like to switch browsers, it will assume you're okay with Microsoft Edge as the default.

[....] It gets worse: if you don't remember on the initial pop-up, you'll have to dig into the settings to change the default app for every specific file type. This can get tedious! It means you'll have to tell Windows which app should open an HTM, HTML, PDF, SVG, and XHTML file—and that's only a sampling of the file types that a browser can open. Additional screenshots show Windows 11 still nags the user to try Microsoft Edge when switching browsers.

From the same people who brought us IE 6, the bane of web developers everywhere, now comes Edge — the browser with the swirl toilet flushing icon.


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  • (Score: 4, Touché) by corey on Friday August 20 2021, @12:55PM (4 children)

    by corey (2202) on Friday August 20 2021, @12:55PM (#1168803)

    I think Sanjay needs to have a movie night in.

    Seriously, won’t this land them in the same place as back in the 2000s?

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  • (Score: 1, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Friday August 20 2021, @01:08PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday August 20 2021, @01:08PM (#1168810)

    Microsoft isn't as dominant as it was back then, even on desktop.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usage_share_of_operating_systems [wikipedia.org]

    The DoJ doesn't care anyway.

  • (Score: 2) by Tork on Friday August 20 2021, @04:21PM (2 children)

    by Tork (3914) Subscriber Badge on Friday August 20 2021, @04:21PM (#1168882)
    No because Chrome.
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    🏳️‍🌈 Proud Ally 🏳️‍🌈
    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday August 20 2021, @07:50PM (1 child)

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday August 20 2021, @07:50PM (#1169000)

      No because now they make sure Congress gets their bribes contributions.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday August 21 2021, @11:13PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Saturday August 21 2021, @11:13PM (#1169428)

        Turns out the voters don't mind about corruption.