Windows 10 launched July 29th and has seen quite a few issues so far. With Windows 10, one of these issues include having to go through and set the default app for different programs and with browsers the new move makes it difficult for installers to set themselves as the default.
Mozilla—developer of the popular Firefox browser—is one of the browsers affected by these changes and CEO Chris Beard issued an open letter to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella about the issue which was also accompanied by a blog post. In the open letter, Beard said that Mozilla had concerns about not giving users the flexibility of choice when it comes to apps and wanted to talk with Microsoft on it.
When we first saw the Windows 10 upgrade experience that strips users of their choice by effectively overriding existing user preferences for the Web browser and other apps, we reached out to your team to discuss this issue. Unfortunately, it didn’t result in any meaningful progress, hence this letter.
Beard also pointed out how many extra steps it takes to get non-Edge browsers to set Firefox as the default browser saying “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.”
A few of the issues with Windows 10 so far have included connectivity problems with internet, activation with Windows 10 after installation, and IE favorites not appearing in Edge among others. Most of these have seen remedies via community and other users while Mozilla has provided its own remedy to the problem in the video below.