From the macOS-inspired flat design to the central Start menu, a lot of Windows 11’s features have pissed off users since its unveiling last year. But arguably the most controversial was the downright ridiculous way to change the default web browser.
You thought changing the browser would be as simple as one click, right? You certainly wouldn’t be expected to choose the preference for each file type, would you? You wouldn’t expect to be well-armed to grow with Microsoft Edge, would you? Well, that’s exactly the situation Windows 11 users have found themselves in, until this week. (Check out the best Microsoft Surface Deals If you are in the market for new gear.)
Not only will each extension (like .html and .pdf) require individual customization of a browser, but pretty much every web link built into Windows itself will open Microsoft Edge. This meant that the Start menu search bar was pretty much useless, for example, for Chrome users (I’ve heard there are quite a few of them).
But in a rare moment of acquiescence (like a less dramatic version of Paramount’s Redesigned Sonic the Hedgehog), it appears that Microsoft has listened to the users. Finally, with the latest Windows 11 update, users can select a system-wide browser under the default apps list in Settings.
Social media users were Connection The browser selection process has been a nightmare for about a year, so we have a feeling this subtle and profound change will prove welcome. Indeed, it has been a busy week in the strange world of web browsers – take a look Google’s new rather interesting Chrome icon.
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