Do you use Edge as your default browser? Why not? You should switch back now. This is the message that you will soon see every time you open the Settings app of Windows 10, courtesy of Microsoft.
This change is part of an upcoming 21H1 update to Windows 10, which will come sometime in Spring 2021. Microsoft says it is “exploring” it in Windows, so there is no guarantee that it will make it to the final stable version. However, many Windows insiders using the 20197 build are already seeing it.
In its initial state, a “web browsing” icon now appears after the OneDrive and Windows Update icons in the header in the Settings app. If you are not using Microsoft Edge as your default browser, it will prompt you for “Recommended Recommended” browser settings.
If you click 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.
If you prefer Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or any other browser, there is no way to dismiss the recommendation.
Appearing next to the Windows Update icon, this icon is misleading – using Edge as your default browser is a priority, but for security it is necessary to install Windows Update.
This is just the latest way Microsoft is pushing Edge. Microsoft has pushed the first Edge browser through taskbar pop-up advertisements, for example.
related: What’s New in 21H1 Update of Windows 10, Spring 2021 Coming