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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: 2) by VLM on Friday August 20 2021, @03:36PM (4 children)

    by VLM (445) on Friday August 20 2021, @03:36PM (#1168856)

    convoluted the new process is to change the default browser

    As a techie end user.

    The thing is, who's MS's market in general? The mega huge companies that haven't moved to mac laptops yet will just issue a GPO thing in their domain to set it, the users will never know, just suddenly every corporate IT owned desktop runs chrome or is banned from ever running chrome or whatever authoritarian nightmare.

    Yes I know its like 75% meme, but "software developers all use macbooks never windows".

    The home users either don't care as long as facebook and onlyfans "looks right" but mostly they're running Steam or something anyway, "websites are for phones" and all that.

    My kids school district is essentially all chromebook/ipad, they don't even do "development" locally its all dartpad.dev and so forth. Kids world these days is all Wevideo and onshape, nobody does local video editing or local CAD. Have you seen the mbed OS internet online compiler? Holy cow doing embedded development on a website instead of local. Locally running apps is pretty much dead at this time. MS is almost completely dead educationally other than office365 online in a web browser for "business class" students to learn Excel.

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  • (Score: 2, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Friday August 20 2021, @06:21PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday August 20 2021, @06:21PM (#1168951)

    "Yes I know its like 75% meme, but "software developers all use macbooks never windows".

    Those are called dumb whores. Real developers/programmers use Gnu+Linux or BSD.

    • (Score: 1, Touché) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday August 21 2021, @01:42PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday August 21 2021, @01:42PM (#1169287)

      "Yes I know its like 75% meme, but "software developers all use macbooks never windows".

      Those are called dumb whores. Real developers/programmers use Gnu+Linux or BSD.

      Come now, I find a macbook to be perfectly adequate to use for SSH'ing into a real system.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday August 21 2021, @09:24AM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday August 21 2021, @09:24AM (#1169232)

    Huh? The art department and web designers who *may* do some coding always use Macs and never Windows. Developers may use Macs, but the argument is more likely to be "Windows or Linux". This survey is getting stale [stackoverflow.com] and you have to take it with a grain of salt to begin with, but it has 50% of the surveyed developers using some kind of Windows. I imagine it's take a hit over the last 5 years, but how bit a hit? And did it really hit that hard towards Macs and not Linux?

    • (Score: 2) by tekk on Saturday August 21 2021, @10:41PM

      by tekk (5704) Subscriber Badge on Saturday August 21 2021, @10:41PM (#1169415)

      In my experience most developers prefer macs given the choice. At my work they just banned Linux and I've found that the macs are tolerable. At least I can do my work on them (unlike Windows.) I've even known places where they use "We'll give you a mac and when it's time for a replacement you don't have to send back your old one" as an incentive.