I've been trying Windows 11 on a partition on my disk lately. Initially with the first dev version it was impossible to try anything, as the system was constantly crashing.
The last two builds seem to be more stable, so I finally decided to make some changes. One of the first was to download Firefox. So I installed the program I have been using since version 1.0 in 2004.
Then I had to change the default application of Windows 11, from Microsoft Edge to Firefox. I make the change from Windows Settings without any problem. So far so good.
I click on a link in Microsoft Edge that was open and it opens with… Microsoft Edge.
I open the Settings application again and I am looking to see if something went wrong with this setting, and I noticed an arrow. I open the Firefox settings with the arrow and what I saw took me out of my clothes.
Wait he has more
A few more
If you did not understand I had to change the default Windows 11 application for each file type.
Windows 10 is known for some shady practices of restoring default applications and forcing users to use Microsoft Edge. In Windows 11, Microsoft seems to have taken it a step further. Of course, I'm not the only one who is not happy with the change.
We have been increasingly worried about the trend on Windows. Since Windows 10, users have had to take additional and unnecessary steps to set and retain their default browser settings. These barriers are confusing at best and seem designed to undermine a user's choice for a non-Microsoft browser
"Microsoft has a history of doing this, and it seems they are getting progressively worse. With every new version of Windows, it is getting harder. They understand that the only way they can get people to use their browsers is to lock them in. ”
“It is very unfortunate when a platform vendor is obscuring a common use case to improve the standing of their own product. We would like to encourage all platform vendors to respect user choice and allow competition on their platforms. Taking away user choice is a step backward. ”
And Hiroshi Lockheimer, head of Android, Chrome, and Chrome OS Google:
"This from the company that claims to be the most open, with" the most choice. " I hope this is just a developer preview thing, and the shipping version of Windows 11 lives up to their claims. This is far from “choice.”
I hope Hiroshi Lockheimer is right in waiting for things to change with the final version of Windows 11.