Shortly after Windows 10 was released on 29 July there was a bit of commotion from the Mozilla offices as their CEO wrote an open letter to Microsoft's CEO complaining about the apparent lack of choices for users who choose ot use other browsers on Windows.
We were able to show that the ability to change default browsers on Windows 10 takes just 5 steps and less than 60 seconds plus during the upgrade to Windows 10 users can change the default apps easily.
It really did have the makings for a proper stand off but today Mozilla seems to have buried the hatchet and has released Firefox version 40 which has been enhanced for Windows 10.
"You can now download or update to the latest Firefox to see a fresh new look in Windows 10. We’ve made thoughtful tweaks to the interface to give Firefox a streamlined feel. You’ll also notice bigger, bolder design elements as well as more space for viewing the Web. We had a lot of fun building this version of Firefox and we hope you’ll enjoy the new look."
My initial look over the update does not show any obvious changes to the browser UI that would be specifically directed towards it running on Windows 10. The first time you open the browser after this update you do get a new page describing the update and it provides steps for changing your default browser on Windows 10.
As you can see there is a graphic showing the Default apps page in the Settings>System>Default apps area which is one spot to change your default plus there is a big blue button to make the change as well.
However, when you click on that button this is what appears on the screen:
Clicking OK just closes the dialog box and you must go into Settings to make the change or select Firefox as your default the next time you open the browser.
I am not sure what the code is under that button but it does not seem to accomplish the task Mozilla had planned for it.
It seems this update was more about putting the tools to change default browsers front and center for users as opposed to making Firefox more enhanced for Windows 10.
What do you think?