The difficulty of switching between browsers in Windows 11 has been a contentious issue since the launch of the operating system. Microsoft has made the appropriate changes compared to the previous ones, offering the choice for each type of extension and protocol related to the browser separately, and not in a general way, as in the previous systems.
The company explained it as a way to offer more customization, but most of us saw it as an additional difficulty in using alternatives and in general for respect the free choice of the user. And that’s because all browser extensions and protocols open by default in Microsoft Edge, as well as those of other applications and system tools that focus on that browser and can’t even be changed.
It must be said that the debate over the choice of browser in Windows has been going on for decades. Now, just like with Internet Explorer, the charges are the same: Microsoft is taking advantage of the huge share of Windows on desktop computers to stimulate the acceptance of your browser (and other services and applications) through so-called “dark models” or other techniques that, through action or inaction, make it difficult to use third-party solutions.
Like blocking legal apps like MSEdgeRedirect that allow you to choose the right browser, or with Google Chrome alerts that are at least questionable.
Change browser in Windows 11
In light of recent complaints, Microsoft has recently made it easier to switch browsers with update KB5011563, but some of its competitors say that’s not enough. One of them is Mozillaresponsible for Firefox, which, acknowledging the improvements, asks Microsoft is doing more to respect the choice of browser default in Windows 11:
“Microsoft’s changes, which improve the default browser settings, are a step in the right direction. But more can be done to respect the choice of default browser in Windows. Users should be able to set default settings simply and easily, and all operating systems should be able to offer official support so that developers can set them by default. “.
“In practice, we would also like to see progress in reducing the number of steps required to set a new default browser, as well as in opening and providing an API for default setting applications used by other browser applications. Microsoft ».
Mozilla is coming to ask for a browser selection window, which Microsoft already had to implement when regulators threatened sanctions. And also that users can choose the browser they want to open from other Windows applicationsas happens in Windows 11 with links to Widgets.
You already know our opinion. Microsoft Edge is a great browser (the best ever made by Microsoft) and to increase its perception, you do not need tricks, dark patterns or any opaque techniques used by Redmond to take advantage of – illegal – Windows market share.