Mozilla’s Open Letter to Microsoft
Looks like Mozilla’s CEO is not happy with Microsoft’s latest OS release. Chris Beard -the CEO of Mozilla has written an open letter to Microsoft on Mozilla’s official blog showing his anger. The letter is addressed straight to Microsoft’s CEO Sayta Nadela. Chris is concerned with the matter of Microsoft not letting Firefox installer itself as the default web browser. In previous versions of Windows, Installers and third party applications were able to change default applications, This was mostly used with Web Browsers and Media Players. In Windows 10 Microsoft has made it impossible for Installer (in this case Firefox Installer) to change the default application.
User’s who use Express Installation during Windows 10 installation, will find (as expected) Microsoft’s Apps and services to be set as default. This includes Edge as default Web browser, Bing as default search engine and Xbox Music as Default Music App. Changing defaults apps from Microsoft apps to Non Microsoft apps is still possible but it has to be done by users themselves, not by the installer.
To change the default application, user has to dig in settings and then only from there user can make changes to default applications. It obviously is beneficial for the Microsoft Edge web browser. Although user can make the changes, Mozilla’s CEO thinks it is harder to do for new and non experienced computer user.
It now takes more than twice the number of mouse clicks, scrolling through content and some technical sophistication for people to reassert the choices they had previously made in earlier versions of Windows. It’s confusing, hard to navigate and easy to get lost.
Changing Default Web Browser to Firefox
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