Are you using Edge as your default browser? Why not? You should switch back right now. This is the message you will soon see every time you open the Windows 10 Settings app, courtesy of Microsoft.
This change is part of Windows 10’s upcoming 21H1 update, which will come sometime in the spring of 2021. Microsoft says it is “exploring” including this in Windows, so there is no guarantee that it will reach the final stable version . But many Windows Insiders using build 20197 already see it.
In its original state, an “browsing” icon now appears next to the OneDrive and Windows Update icons in the title of the Settings app. If you do not use Microsoft Edge as your default browser, it will prompt you to “Reset Recommended” browser settings.
If you click on the icon, the Settings app will prompt you to set the new Edge as your default browser and pin it to your desktop and taskbar.
There is no way to reject the recommendation if you prefer Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or another browser.
This icon appears next to the Windows Update icon and is quite misleading – using Edge as your default browser is a preference, but installing Windows updates is important for security.
This is just the latest way Microsoft is running Edge. Microsoft has previously powered the Edge browser through taskbar pop-up ads, for example.
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