Over the years, Microsoft has repeatedly drawn the ire of many users for trying to force users to use its browser. Since XP, 7, 8.1, and 10, Windows stubbornly insists that you use your default browser.
Beyond criticism, this behavior has led Microsoft to fines over the years, such as in 2013, when the company was fined large sums of millions of euros by European authorities. However, their behavior will not change in the next version of Windows. Even worse.
The source says Microsoft wants to make the process of changing the default browser even more tedious. In the new version of Windows 11, when a user first uses a browser other than Microsoft Edge and forgets to check the “Always use this app” checkbox, it will be quite difficult to change it later.
To abandon Edge, you will have to go into the settings, select the “Default Applications” section, then specify how specific extensions should open: html, shtml, svg, pdf, etc. – one at a time. As far as widgets are concerned, they will completely ignore the user’s choice and use Microsoft Edge directly.
The planned changes were predictably not well received by competitors.