It looks like the upcoming Windows 10 22H2 update will finally make it easier to switch from the default web browser, Edge, to rival Chrome.
Microsoft is desperate to get more people to use its Edge browser and has been using some pretty heavy-handed tactics.
Not only is Edge installed on Windows 10 (and Windows 11) by default, but Microsoft has also made it difficult to switch to another web browser, with numerous pop-up messages asking you to reconsider and various windows and options you need to click to. make the move.
The good news is that it looks like with the Windows 10 2H22 update, due in the next few months, it could finally make switching from Edge to Chrome a lot simpler.
As The Verge reports (opens in new tab), on an early version of Windows 10 2H22, if you open Google Chrome and it is not the default browser, a banner will appear asking if you want to set it as the default. Clicking ‘Set as Default’ in the banner notification will make Chrome your default browser, so links and apps open Chrome to browse the web instead of Edge (in some cases, at least).
This is a much more streamlined way to make Chrome your default browser (other browsers like Firefox have had this one-click feature for a few months now), but it looks like it will only be for Windows 10 for now.
Analysis: Microsoft realizes it can’t force us to love Edge
Despite the Edge having received numerous improvements over the years, which now makes it one of the best browsers you can use, Microsoft’s attempts to force it on users had the opposite desired effect.
Making it deliberately frustrating to change the default browsers made people angry with Edge and even more determined to change. Meanwhile, Google Chrome remains the most popular browser by a huge margin. So Microsoft’s attempts to stop people switching from Edge don’t seem to have worked.
Facilitating the switch is a more consumer-friendly measure and may even make people think more about Edge in the future.
While Windows 11 also made it easy to move from Edge, it’s not as simple as this implementation for Windows 10. We hope this one-click option will also make its way to Microsoft’s latest operating system.