Microsoft will partly fix one of the most criticized features of Windows 11 – the company will simplify the process of changing the default applications in Windows 11. Compared to Windows 10, in the latest OS of the Redmond company, it has become much more difficult to abandon the standard applications for opening certain files and assign them instead desired software. In addition, Microsoft will provide more control over programs pinned to the Start menu and taskbar.
Initially, to change the default application in Windows 11, you need to open the “Settings” of the operating system yourself and in the “Applications” section, configure the default application for each type of file or link. That is, the user had to configure each individual file type instead of simply choosing their preferred web browser or image editor.
Last year, Microsoft made it possible to switch the default browser in Windows 11 with a single click. Now, Microsoft will allow app developers to direct users directly to the right place in Settings to change the default program for certain types of files or links. It will be much more convenient and faster.
Separately, Microsoft announced the start of testing a new API that will allow applications to pin a primary or secondary icon to the taskbar. According to Microsoft, the new approach should solve some of the problems that users had with the transition to Windows 11, as well as make changing the settings and appearance of the OS more similar to what people are used to on iOS or Android mobile devices. A new menu for adding application tiles to the taskbar could lead to new widgets or other interfaces that save information from your most used programs for easy access.
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