Microsoft Windows 11 Cumulative Update KB5012592 not only comes with security updates and improvements, but also simplifies the tedious process they originally used to change the default browser.
This change was first spotted back in December by Windows 11 insiders and then across the Cumulative Update for Windows 11, build KB5011563. The latest Patch Tuesday release (KB5012592 / OS Build 22000.613) also comes with the same security settings and tweaks, indicating that the ability to switch browsers in Windows 11 has finally reached general availability. (via Neowin)
Previously, Windows 11 users had to go through a tedious process to change the default browser, but now you can simply open the Settings app, then click Apps, then Default apps under “Set defaults for applications”. You will then need to enter the name of your preferred installed browser, then click on the browser listing and choose Set as default.
Microsoft has made some improvements to this space by letting you change your default browser to some basic file extensions like HTML with a single click. However, it still doesn’t change the defaults for all extensions, and Edge remains the default application for opening PDF, SHTML, SVG, FTP, and other web-related files unless you manually change all of the associations of files one by one.
Hopefully this decision will help address Mozilla’s concerns as the process has been streamlined.