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Microsoft Windows 11’s Controversial Default Browser Changes

Microsoft will now change a feature on Windows 11 that made it more difficult to switch default browsers. The new changes as said will now allow users of Chrome, Firefox, and other browsers to set a default browser with a single button, which is a far simpler process. A developer of the excellent EarTrumpet Windows app named Rafael Rivera was said to have discovered the new Windows 11 changes during the 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 22509 released to the Dev Channel on Wednesday, we streamlined the ability for a Windows Insider to set the ‘default browser’ to apps that register for HTTP HTTPS:, .HTM, and. HTML,” explains Aaron Woodman, vice president of Windows marketing, in a statement.

The VP added that; “Through the Windows Insider Program you will continue to see us try new things based on customer feedback and testing.”Microsoft will now make changing Windows 11 browser default easier.

Microsoft had earlier this year defended its decision to make it more difficult to switch defaults, saying that it was “implementing customer feedback to customize and control defaults at a more granular level.”

This had been criticized by rival browser makers like Mozilla, Brave, and even Google’s owned Chrome and Android.

Microsoft is still testing these new Windows 11 changes that make it easier to switch default apps and browsers, but it’s not clear when they will be available to all users.

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