In the future, Windows 11 will open all links with the standard browser and not partially use Microsoft’s Edge – at least in the countries of the European Union, Norway, Liechtenstein and Iceland. This is according to the information about the latest Insider Preview Build 23531, which has now been made public. In the rest of the world, there will therefore continue to be certain scenarios in which the operating system ignores the standard browser and consistently opens websites with Edge. This happens, for example, when a link is opened in widgets. Regardless of the upcoming change, pop-ups are currently causing criticism, with which Windows 11 advertises Microsoft’s browser in a particularly penetrating manner.
Microsoft and the standard browsers – an endless story
The Verge, among others, reported on the annoying pop-ups, and Microsoft admitted their existence to the US magazine. A spokeswoman for the US company said this type of notification has been stopped for the time being. It is “undesirable behavior” and we are checking it now before taking the necessary measures. There had been references to the pop-ups on Reddit months ago, and some users even suspected malware. According to The Verge, it was a special type of notification that didn’t appear in the space provided.
Microsoft’s handling of the standard browser under Windows has been an area of conflict for years. While in some versions of Windows it was completely impossible to change the default browser and in others the choice window was enforced by the EU, on Windows 11 it was difficult to change, at least initially. By spring 2022, the standard program had to be changed individually for many small file extensions. Only since then has it been possible to set a standard browser centrally. However, Windows partially ignores this and again an improvement seems to be due to the EU. The fact that Windows 11 will soon open all links with the standard browser only applies to the European Economic Area, i.e. the EU and EFTA without Switzerland.
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