Microsoft Windows 11 beta has been out for developers and Windows insiders for quite some time now. There are several changes that the OS offers. This includes a new design, Start menu, and app store. The company is also changing the way default apps work in the upcoming Windows 11. While most changes are welcome, there’s one which has not gone well with rivals Google and Firefox.
The reason being: Windows 11 is said to make it extremely difficult for users to switch default browsers if they miss the first and only prompt. According to a report in The Verge, if users forget to set their default browser at first launch of Windows 11, the experience for switching defaults is not easy. This means that if users initially don’t change Microsoft Edge as their default browser, it may become hard for many or may be for most users to change it later.
Responding to the report, Hiroshi Lockheimer, Google senior vice president of Android, Chrome, Chrome OS, Play and Photos, tweeted, “This from the company that claims to be the most open, with “the most choice.” I hope this is just a developer preview thing, and the shipping version of Windows 11 lives up to their claims. This is far from “choice.”
What’s the big change
As per the report, like Windows 10, there’s a prompt that appears when you install a new browser and open a web link for the first time. It’s the only opportunity to easily switch browsers. Unless you tick “always use this app,” the default will never be changed. The big issue here,as per the report, is that it is quite easy to forget to toggle the “always use this app” option, and simply launch the browser you want from this prompt and never see this default choice again when you click web links.
What’s worse reportedly is that is users don’t remember on the initial pop-up, they have to dig into the settings to change the default app for every specific file type. This means they will have to tell Windows which app should open an HTM, HTML, PDF, SVG, and XHTML file. “Additional screenshots show Windows 11 still nags the user to try Microsoft Edge when switching browsers. Even Windows 11’s default taskbar widget point the user directly to Edge, despite the default setting,” says the report.
(With agency inputs)