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      • #2389541
        Alex5723
        AskWoody Plus

        https://www.theverge.com/2021/9/13/22671182/mozilla-default-browser-windows-protections-firefox

        ..In version 91 of Firefox, released on August 10th, Mozilla has reverse engineered the way Microsoft sets Edge as 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 to then have to select Firefox as a default browser and ignore Microsoft’s plea to keep Edge…

        Mozilla has clearly grown tired of the more complicated way of setting up a default browser, a process that Microsoft is making even harder in Windows 11. “People should have the ability to simply and easily set defaults, but they don’t,” says a Mozilla spokesperson in a statement to The Verge. “All operating systems should offer official developer support for default status so people can easily set their apps as default. Since that hasn’t happened on Windows 10 and 11, Firefox relies on other aspects of the Windows environment to give people an experience similar to what Windows provides to Edge when users choose Firefox to be their default browser.”..

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      • #2389547
        Sky
        AskWoody Plus

        Hats off to Mozilla for managing this, but my first thought is how long is it going to be before Microsoft blocks their method? They can’t go letting people have choice on or control over their own computers, now can they…

      • #2389665
        OscarCP
        AskWoody Plus

        I have a Mac, where Safari is the default the Mac came in with, to change (as I did) to another browser all I need to do is set any of my installed browsers I wish to have as the default (in my case Waterfox, Chrome, or FF) to be the default in the “settings” section of the chosen browser. And I can change the “default” to be another browser in the same way, as many times as I need to. Is this not possible also in Windows these days?

        Ex Windows user (Win. 98, XP, 7) since mid-2020. Now: running macOS Big Sur & sometimes, Linux (Mint)

        MacBook Pro circa mid-2015, 15" display, with 16GB 1600 GHz DDR3 RAM, 1 TB SSD, a Haswell architecture Intel CPU with 4 Cores and 8 Threads model i7-4870HQ @ 2.50GHz.
        Intel Iris Pro GPU with Built-in Bus, VRAM 1.5 GB, Display 2880 x 1800 Retina, 24-Bit color.
        Waterfox "Current" and (now and then) Chrome. also Intego AV and Malwarebytes for the Mac.

      • #2389677
        Alex5723
        AskWoody Plus

        Is this not possible also in Windows these days?

        On Windows 10 it complicated, on Windows 11 it is close to impossible.

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      • #2389721
        doriel
        AskWoody Lounger

        Good move by Mozilla. As Metallica sings: Fight fire with fire! 🙂 Its Firefox, isnt it.

        Dell Latitude E6530, Intel Core i5 @ 2.6 GHz, 4GB RAM, W10 20H2 Enterprise

        HAL3000, AMD Athlon 200GE @ 3,4 GHz, 8GB RAM, Fedora 29

        PRUSA i3 MK3S+

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      • #2389774
        EP
        AskWoody_MVP

        the Mozilla empire strikes back at MS, haha 🙂

      • #2389821
        Alex5723
        AskWoody Plus

        Good move by Mozilla. As Metallica sings: Fight fire with fire! 🙂 Its Firefox, isnt it.

        Wonder when/if Chrome, Opera, Vivaldi, Brave… will copy this.

        • #2389879
          TechTango
          AskWoody Plus

          Wonder when/if Chrome, Opera, Vivaldi, Brave… will copy this.

          Probably won’t be to long.  With Mozilla carrying the torch it’s a good time to pile on.  I hope they do.

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