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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, 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.

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  • (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.