Throughout its history, Microsoft has been involved in several legal disputes for abuse of dominant position in relation to its web browser. After that dark past, the Redmonds found more “subtle” ways to force users to use Edge. And others not so subtle that are coming with Windows 11. These plays seem to have been the stake that woke up Mozilla, who decided bypass Windows 10 restrictions to set Firefox as default easily.
Changing the default app settings in Windows 10 is somewhat cumbersome. The operating system does not allow you to make this adjustment in a single click and from the app itself. That is, the software may display a dialog box that says “Choose as default”, but when you click there, the user yes or yes must go through Windows settings to do the manual shift. In the case of wanting to do it with Firefox —or another browser—, everything is more difficult. Microsoft sends one last request asking to keep Microsoft Edge as the default browser.
This, without a doubt, has not been of grace for Mozilla, that tries to elevate its base of users. In this sense, the developers of Firefox have applied “reverse engineering” to bypass the protections of Windows 10. As a result, they have achieved that it can be configured as default your browser in just one click. The program, with the privileges granted by the user, performs the entire process in background, drastically facilitating its configuration as the default option.
Firefox lost patience with Microsoft
“People should have the ability to set default values simply and easily, but they are not,” says a Mozilla spokesperson, according to The Verge. “All operating systems should offer official developer support for the default state so that people can easily set their applications as default. Since that hasn’t happened in Windows 10 and 11, Firefox relies on other aspects of the Windows environment to give people an experience similar to what Windows brings to Edge when users choose Firefox as their default browser, “he continues.
So far Microsoft has not provided an official statement in this regard. However, its “protection” system for switching applications is primarily intended to prevent malware can make unauthorized changes to the system. Although the Redmond have well used it to also benefit themselves and their web browser. Now it only remains to wait what repercussions this movement of Firefox will have.