Windows 11 is adjusting the way default app selections are handled and how apps are pinned to the desktop, making these systems work better and more consistently.

XDA Developers (Opens in a new tab) noted that Microsoft had written a blog post (Opens in a new tab) about its new "reasoned approach" to these app behaviors, and the incoming changes are expected to follow. convert to testing (dev pipeline) in the “next month”, we are told.

The first measure to implement refers to the default configuration of the application. Windows 11 will get a new settings deep link URI (Uniform Resource Identifier), allowing developers to take users directly to the right place in Settings every time a given app marks itself as wanting to be the default.

The default application is software that opens automatically for a specific file format. For example, your default browser is the one used when you click on a link, for example, in an email.

Second, Microsoft is changing the way pinned apps work by placing icons permanently on the Start menu or taskbar by introducing a new notification. In the event that an app wishes to request to be pinned, this notification will appear explaining this, allowing the user to click Accept or Decline.

Basically, the software giant wants consistency with these interface tweaks, so all third-party software and core Microsoft apps for Windows 11 work the same and follow these rules. That's the plan, anyway, though if things work out we'll have to wait and see.

Windows 11 Pinning Indicator

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Analysis: fend off doubts and catch up on past mistakes

As made clear in their blog post, part of Microsoft's goal with this app behavior change is to defend against "unsolicited changes" from dubious developers. In other words, things happen in the background without the user's knowledge, and adware or other malicious software manages to infiltrate the system.

It's also no doubt designed to reassure Windows 11 users that Microsoft is truly leaving the past behind when it comes to the company's own policies on default apps, which have been a source of criticism before.

You may recall that when Windows 11 was first released, Microsoft made it an unnecessarily tedious process to change the default browser settings of its own Edge product (you had to go through each file type and change preferences individually, such as HTML, PDF, etc. .- a ridiculous situation, really).

This nonsense was removed a year ago, but it still lives on in some people's memories (probably because of the many other ways Microsoft tried to bring Edge to Windows 11).

In fact, Microsoft even mentions its browser specifically in the post, noting that: "We are committed to having Microsoft Edge release an update that adopts the new deep link URI settings for defaults and public APIs as they become available." .

Either way, it's a welcome move, although in all fairness, the apps defaults should never have appeared in the state they were in when Windows 11 launched. in primer lugar. Tenga en cuenta que podría decir lo mismo sobre una serie de cosas en la interface de Windows 11 cuando lanzó, ya que el sistema operativo will be a trabajo en progreso a medida qu'avanzaba Microsoft.

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