According to Microsoft’s latest announcement, major changes will be made to how Windows controls which programmes open particular files by default and how users can add programmes to their Start menu on the taskbar or desktop. When developers wish to modify how Windows 11 reacts to particular links and file types, the tech giant will create a new deep link “universal resource identifier” (URI) that enables them to direct users to the appropriate menu item in the Settings menu.
“We want to ensure that people are in control of what gets pinned to their Desktop, their Start menu and their Taskbar as well as to be able to control their default applications such as their default browser through consistent, clear and trustworthy Windows provided system dialogues and settings,” said Microsoft rep in a recent blog post.
Over that, the business announced that it will introduce a new public API that will display a prompt asking you to allow programmes permission before they appear on those interface elements, giving users more choice over which apps are pinned to their desktop, start menu, and taskbar.
The company also added, “We will soon introduce a new publicly available API that will enable apps to pin either primary or secondary tiles to the Taskbar”.
The IT juggernaut was reacting to the cumbersome app-switching process. For instance, if a user wants to switch from Edge to Chrome as the default browser, they must individually select Chrome as the default for each corresponding file and link type in addition to setting Chrome as the default browser overall.
Microsoft may have done this to provide consumers with more precise control over apps, but the complicated process irritated users.
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