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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 DannyB on Monday August 23 2021, @08:27PM (1 child)

    by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Monday August 23 2021, @08:27PM (#1170002) Journal

    Windows XP was the first Microsoft OS to have the Fisher Price theme! The thick blue window title bars with childish control icons. The task bar. Etc.

    It's been so long you might have to google for images of Windows XP. But really looks like a fisher price theme for the OS.

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  • (Score: 2) by Revek on Tuesday August 24 2021, @04:41AM

    by Revek (5022) on Tuesday August 24 2021, @04:41AM (#1170154)

    Oh I know that is why I still call it that. They have never gotten away from it. Windows 95/98 and the first mistake edition were all considered blocky and ugly so microsoft over compensated and continue to do it to this day.

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