After receiving negative feedback from the community, Microsoft is now reversing the decision on setting a Default Browser in Windows 11 settings.
The Windows maker used to rub Microsoft Edge on Windows 11 users, by giving them a hard time in setting another browser as default. But now, setting something like Chrome as the default browser is quick, in the latest Windows Insider build.
A Quick Option For Default Browser
With the advent of Windows 10 and Microsoft Edge, the OS maker was seen forcing users to make the latter as their default browsing option. Though Edge is a competitive alternative, Microsoft is rubbing it on users’ faces in several intrusive means.
And in Windows 11, this has gone to the next step by making it harder for the users to set default browser options. In Windows 11 settings, anyone who wants to set an alternate browser (eg. Chrome) as their default browser, has to set it to default for every petty option like file extension (.html and .htm) and protocol (HTTP or HTTPS).
As this is frustrating, many have complained to Microsoft about reversing this option. And the company did listen to them, as it reversed the Default Browser option to a simple mean, in the latest Windows 11 Insider build v22509.
Windows build 22509 has a new browser [Set default] button. ???? pic.twitter.com/kRDFPKfJMv
— Rafael Rivera (@WithinRafael) December 1, 2021
For this, go to Settings >> Default apps and choose the desired browser in Default Browser options and set it as default. Reversing on this decision, Microsoft’s VP Aaron Woodman said to The Verge as “Through the Windows Insider Program you will continue to see us try new things based on customer feedback and testing.”
While the company has compromised in settings, it’s still intimidating users while they try to download Chrome through Edge, with discouraging alerts, recommending them to stick to Edge.