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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) 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.