Surprise! Microsoft changes tough posture on picking Windows 11 default browser
Microsoft is stepping back from its aggressive posture for fixing your Windows 11 default browser! The release of Windows 11 had made it difficult to switch your browsers away from Microsoft Edge. Well, Windows 11 is ready to change! With the recent Windows build 22509, Microsoft has introduced a button to the settings that will allow you to quickly change the default browser according to your preference, Twitter user Rafael Rivera tweeted.
As per the image shared by the Twitter user, when you go to the file associations page for a browser such as Chrome, Microsoft Edge or Mozilla, you will see a button at the top right which lets you make it your default browser. Microsoft has confirmed that this change is in the works, but it hasn't said whether we'll have to wait until next year for a complete feature upgrade or whether it'll be provided as part of a cumulative update to Windows 11.
Windows build 22509 has a new browser [Set default] button. 👀 pic.twitter.com/kRDFPKfJMv— Rafael Rivera (@WithinRafael) December 1, 2021
Reportedly, the new Windows 11 browser change process is even more simple when you open a new web link. It can be accessed just the way you used to get the pop-up window when you installed a new browser or opened a new web link for the first time - it will be that easy to switch from one browser to another. The default will not be changed until you select "always use this app." It's easy to forget to select the "always use this app" option, and instead run the browser you want from this prompt, never seeing the default choice when you click web links again.
This is a significant development because it was one of Microsoft's most controversial measures in its attempt to push people to use the Edge browser. If you try to access a link outside of a browser with Windows 11 and you have multiple browsers installed, you'll be asked to select one. However, unless you choose a different browser and choose the checkbox to make that browser your default, Edge will be the default from then on.
In addition to this update, Windows 11 build 22509 added a few additional updates to the operating system, including more new customization choices for the Start menu, such as the ability to view more pinned things or more items from the Recommended list at the bottom. It also brought additional Control Panel options into the Windows 11 Settings app, as part of Microsoft's long-running effort to unify all of its settings into a single interface.