Years ago, Microsoft made it hard to change your default browser. Some 15 or 20 years later, we’re moving in that same direction. Microsoft’s Windows 11 is going to make it hard to set your default browser to Chrome again. They are also using dark patterns to trip you up along the way. When Microsoft has done this before, they’ve also reset defaults in operating system updates, which also will trip people up. This is not the way we want to go, and I’m sure many of you are not thrilled.

Microsoft is changing how default apps work in Windows 11. It makes changing a default browser harder, and competitors aren’t happy.