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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 fileā€”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: 0, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Friday August 20 2021, @01:21PM (4 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday August 20 2021, @01:21PM (#1168818)

    I guess I'm done with Windows.

    And good grief. I had an email yesterday I was trying to compose in Outlook. I wanted to delete a section towards the end, so I selected it, deleted it, and along with it, Outlook randomly lops off a paragraph from the top of the email! Same damned thing Word's been doing since 2014. WTF did they break? Everything was fine in Office 2012, and I like the ribbon. But just randomly deleting shit half way across the document?!

    I'm working in a Micros~1 shop atm. I can't even use LibreOffice, which was my workaround for Office 2014+'s fucking b0rk3nness at my last gig. Next job can't be Micros~1. I'm sick of it. I'll take a pay cut. I'll move out of this part of the country I love. It'll always be just a road trip away after all. But I just can't keep doing this Micros~1 shit. It's broken. It's all just fucking broken, bloated broken ass shit. My hair is turning grey and reminding me of my mortality. Better things to do, better ways to earn my keep and practice my art.

    The forced updates and reboots are really just the tip of the iceberg. I guess I'll just find a better hobby than video games. Plenty of stuff to read, new interesting fiction coming out all the time. Malazan Book of the Fallen was amazing (all 10k+ pages lol), and a friend has been bugging me nonstop for the past few weeks to read Project Hail Mary. I could teach myself Koine Greek and finally start attempting a self-education in the liberal arts, or I've got enough money now (and audio recording is easy enough these days for the rape culture crap and the sexual harassment rape culture will spew at me again because I was assigned to the male gender caste) I could just to go back to school to study the skills of a free person.

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  • (Score: 2) by Gaaark on Friday August 20 2021, @01:36PM

    by Gaaark (41) on Friday August 20 2021, @01:36PM (#1168820) Journal

    Been off Microsoft's useless crap since 1999: Linux all the way and never had a problem. Microsoft pushes crap you REALLY don't need, you just THINK you need it...there are options.

    Get off. Now. RUN! Allons'y!

    --- Please remind me if I haven't been civil to you: I'm channeling MDC. ---Gaaark 2.0 ---
  • (Score: 2) by hendrikboom on Friday August 20 2021, @02:43PM (2 children)

    by hendrikboom (1125) Subscriber Badge on Friday August 20 2021, @02:43PM (#1168843) Homepage Journal

    I guess I'll just find a better hobby than video games.

    There are video games that run under Linux.
    And not just low-quality free ones.
    Apparently Steam has quite a few available.
    Mind you, paying for something is no guarantee that it's worth paying for.

    -- hendrik

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday August 20 2021, @05:59PM (1 child)

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday August 20 2021, @05:59PM (#1168940)

      I've found that most windows games will run in steams proton, normally the only real problems come up with EAC or simular.
      I'm playing through fallout 1 via proton atm via proton. So the good old games often work well too.

      • (Score: 2) by Chromium_One on Sunday August 22 2021, @11:58PM

        by Chromium_One (4574) on Sunday August 22 2021, @11:58PM (#1169714)

        ... and in conjunction with Steam Deck release, Valve is trying to get EAC and BattlEye to play nice with Linux. If that succeeds, the library opens up way more.
        Granted, losing the bullshit DRM (and maybe just relying on login credentials) would be one hell of a lot better.

        When you live in a sick society, everything you do is wrong.