Microsoft backtracks on Windows 11’s controversial default browser changes

microsoft backtracks on windows 11’s controversial default browser changes

Microsoft is backtracking on changes it made to Windows 11 that made it more difficult to switch default browsers. A new test build of Windows 11 now allows users of Chrome, Firefox, and other browsers to set a default browser with a single button, which is a far simpler process.

Rafael Rivera, developer of the excellent EarTrumpet Windows app, discovered the new Windows 11 changes earlier this week. Instead of having to change individual file extensions or protocol handlers for HTTP, HTTPS, HTML, and HTM, Windows 11 now offers a simple button that lets people switch default browsers in a similar way to Windows 10.

Microsoft has confirmed the changes are intentional and are currently being tested. “In the Windows 11 Insider Preview Build…

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