Microsoft Makes It Simpler to Change the Default Browser in Home windows 11

Microsoft is introducing a new feature in Windows 11 that makes choosing your default browser easier than before. Find out more!

It's no secret that Microsoft wants you to use its first-party apps on Windows. But instead of letting you just set default apps to your choices, Microsoft is making it unnecessarily difficult. The company did it with Windows 10 and again with Windows 11.

This time the controversy revolves around Microsoft Edge. Although Edge is one of the best browsers out there, some users want to use Firefox as their default web browser, for example. This was previously unaffordable on Windows 11.

Fortunately, things are changing now. Let's see how.

Microsoft is testing an easier way to set the default browser in Windows 11

Discovered by Twitter user Rafael Rivera, Microsoft has an update for the settings Menu that allows users to change the default browser with a single click of a button. The feature is only available for Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22509, which was posted on the Dev Channel last week.

Speaking to The Verge, Vice President of Windows Marketing Aaron Woodman confirmed the change by stating:

"In Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22509, which was published on Wednesday in the Dev Channel, we optimized the option for a Windows Insider to set the 'standard browser' to apps that support HTTP :, HTTPS :, .HTM and. Register HTML. Through the Windows Insider Program, you will continue to see us try new things based on customer feedback and testing. "

After Windows 11 users were forced to use Microsoft Edge, this is a welcome change from Microsoft. And while the feature is only available to Windows Insiders right now, at some point it will be available to everyone.


Microsoft has yet to work on making Windows 11 a truly open platform

Allowing users to easily set default browsers is a small step towards making Windows 11 truly user-centric. For example, Microsoft is still trying to prevent users from downloading Google Chrome.

If these practices are not abandoned, Windows will never feel like the user-centric ecosystem that the company wants.

Edge is a great alternative to Google Chrome

Aside from Microsoft's seedy tactics, Edge is a great browser. It does almost everything Chrome does, including supporting extensions, using far fewer resources in the process. If you haven't tried it yet, give it a try.

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Fawad Murtaza
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Fawad is a full-time freelance writer. He loves technology and food. When he's not eating or typing on Windows, he's either playing video games or dreaming of traveling.

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