Now it’s easy to switch to Firefox by default
Mozilla recently made it quietly easy to switch to Firefox on Windows. While Microsoft provides a method to switch default browsers on Windows 10, it is more cumbersome than the simple one-click process to switch to Edge. This one-click process isn’t officially available to anyone other than Microsoft, and Mozilla is tired of the situation.
In version 91 of Firefox, released on August 10, Mozilla has reversed the way Microsoft Edge is set as the default in Windows 10, and enabled Firefox to quickly make itself the default. Before this change, Firefox users would be sent to the Settings part of Windows 10, then choose Firefox as the default browser and ignore Microsoft’s plea to keep Edge.
Mozilla’s reverse engineering means you can now set Firefox as the default from within the browser, and it does all the work in the background without any additional prompts. It bypasses Microsoft’s anti-hijacking protection that the company built into Windows 10 to ensure that malware cannot hijack default apps. Microsoft tells us that it is not supported in Windows.
Mozilla has apparently grown tired of the more complicated way of setting up a default browser, a process that Microsoft is making even more difficult in Windows 11. “People should have the ability to easily and easily set defaults, but they don’t,” says a Mozilla spokesperson in a statement. ledge. “All operating systems should offer official developer support for the default state so that people can easily set their apps as the default. Since this hasn’t happened on Windows 10 and 11, when users set Firefox as their default browser.” If you choose, Firefox relies on other aspects of the Windows environment to give people the same experience that Windows Edge offers.
Mozilla is trying to persuade Microsoft to improve its default browser settings in Windows Open letter to Microsoft in 2015. Nothing has changed, and Windows 11 is now making it even more difficult to switch default browsers. This appears to be the final straw, as Mozilla began implementing its changes to Firefox shortly after Windows 11 was unveiled in June.
So far, Google, Vivaldi, Opera, and other Chromium-based browsers haven’t followed Mozilla’s lead, and it’s not clear exactly how Microsoft will respond. Microsoft has some real security-related reasons to guard against malware with anti-hijacking, but by allowing Edge to easily switch defaults it weakens rival browser vendors who simply want an even playing field. Windows 11 makes that playing field even more complicated, and competitors aren’t happy.