One of the egregious errors Microsoft made with Home windows 11 was stopping customers from simply downloading and putting in alternate options to the Edge browser. Microsoft’s latest Insider construct seems to treatment this.
On Wednesday, Microsoft launched Home windows 11 Insider Preview Construct 22509 for the Dev Channel, which launched minor however welcome tweaks to the Taskbar and Begin menu. According to developer Rafael Rivera, there’s one other tweak: a “set default” button that may lastly let you obtain an alternate browser to Microsoft Edge.
As PCWorld’s Home windows 11 assessment indicated, there’s no straightforward option to change between browsers. Whilst you can obtain a browser like Chrome, the steady model of Home windows 11 forces you to pick out a default browser for each file kind, a laborious course of that Home windows 10 eliminates by merely permitting customers to create a default browser profile for each file kind a browser usually handles. With the brand new Insider construct, there’s now a “Set default” button that once more units lots of the new file varieties to the browser of your alternative.
Many, however not all. The brand new change merely tweaks the settings for HTM, HTML, HTTP, and HTTPS file varieties, in accordance with a Microsoft assertion launched to The Verge, however Edge will nonetheless be referred to as for PDF recordsdata, SVG recordsdata, and so forth. In different phrases, it’s a begin, however not a complete change. Nonetheless, with EU representatives reportedly being requested to analyze “bundling” practices involving Microsoft Groups integration inside Workplace—and probably Home windows 11 as effectively—Microsoft might now be extra delicate to the problem of shopper alternative than it has been prior to now.
As PCWorld’s senior editor, Mark focuses on Microsoft information and chip expertise, amongst different beats. He has previously written for PCMag, BYTE, Slashdot, eWEEK, and ReadWrite.