Microsoft is making it easier to set default apps in Windows 11

Since its launch in 2021, one of the most consistent criticisms has been from Microsoft. Compared to Windows 10, the newer operating system makes it more difficult for users to move away from the company’s own offerings. For example, if you don’t want Edge to open every time you click on a web page or PDF, you’ll need to open the Windows 11 Settings menu and change the default app for the file type and link. It’s an unnecessarily long process that makes customizing Windows 11 complicated.

Microsoft is finally addressing some of these criticisms. On a Friday (via ), the company said it was “reaffirming our long-standing focus on putting people in control of their Windows PC experience.” Microsoft announced a feature it said would ensure Windows 11 users control changes to their app defaults. Later this year, the company will introduce a new deep-linking Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) that will allow developers to send users to the correct section of the Settings menu when they want to change how Windows 11 responds to links and file types specific


Microsoft says it will also give users more control over which apps are pinned to their desktop, start menu and taskbar with a new public API that will display a message asking you to grant permission to programs before they appear on them interface elements. Both features will first be rolled out to PCs enrolled in the Windows Insider development channel over the next few months before reaching the public release of Windows 11. In particular, Microsoft says it will “lead by example” and release updates to in Edge that will see the browser. add support for these features as they become available.

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