Windows 10 and Chrome are about to make switching default browsers even less painful

Microsoft lost pretty a little of goodwill by forcing the Microsoft Edge browser on uninterested users – but maybe those days are coming to an end? For a possible preview of the future, check this GIF from Leopeva64who have a future version of Google’s Chrome browser on their machine, along with the 2H22 update to Windows 10.


With Windows 10 22H2 and Chrome Dev, you can now apparently switch your default browser with one click, from within the browser itself.
GIF by Leopeva64

Starting this Marchchange default browser in Windows 11 had already been improved to take just a few clicks in a settings menu, but you can see how the older Windows 10 is even cleaner than that. And with the Chrome and Windows 10 22H2 updates, you can apparently just tap the popup in the browser itself (in this case, Chrome Dev version 106.0.5231.2) to set it right away. It would certainly be nice to have in Windows 11 as well.

If you add the fact that rival browsers like Firefox and Opera already support the same kind of one-click, standard in-browser app switching, we could be entering a new golden age where browsers can actually compete on their merits instead of begging or pushing. you around. Just click to switch browsers, as often as you like, until you’ve decided on the one you want.

I did not want to count on that, necessarily, since Microsoft is not the only browser manufacturer pressing with questions. And it’s not clear if this one-tap feature will even work in Windows 11. My colleague Tom just tried it with the 22H2 update (you have been able to install the release preview since june) and it just pushed him into the settings menu while doing nothing at all. It didn’t work for me on Windows 11 21H2 either.

Chrome Dev is typically nine to 12 weeks ahead of the stable version of Chrome, according to Google FAQ. Windows 11 22H2 arrives in September, according to Tom’s sources. Windows 10 22H2 will also be out in the autumn.

Correction, 6:34 p.m. ET: It’s Windows 10 that Leopeva64 is demonstrating, not Windows 11 as we originally wrote. We apologize for the error.

Update, 7:05 p.m. ET: Added that it currently doesn’t work for us in Windows 11, even with the 22H2 update.

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