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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: 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

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  • (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.