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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: 4, Insightful) by Snotnose on Friday August 20 2021, @01:57PM (1 child)

    by Snotnose (1623) on Friday August 20 2021, @01:57PM (#1168827)

    So far the new "features" aren't anything I really care about.

    On the other hand, I have no desire to run TPM (or whatever it's called). All it means to me is it's harder to dual boot Linux.

    I also don't want to use Edge. I like my browser and, if you try to drag me kicking and screaming to your browser, then I'll just boot Linux to surf the web.

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  • (Score: 2) by Freeman on Friday August 20 2021, @04:15PM

    by Freeman (732) on Friday August 20 2021, @04:15PM (#1168878) Journal

    I'd sooner make my own Linux web browsing kiosk than be forced onto Microsoft Edge/Chrome.

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