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Microsoft Blocks EdgeDeflector to Force Users into Edge

Microsoft made it hard to switch default browsers in Windows 11. The company is going a step further by blocking apps like EdgeDeflector. Third-party apps like EdgeDeflector and even Firefox have offered loopholes to Microsoft forcing people to use Edge in Start menu search results, even if their default browser is not Edge.

The company has been forcing Windows 10 and Windows 11 users into Edge and its Bing search engine in the Start menu search results. The company has launched a new Widgets panel in Windows 11. EdgeDeflector lets you bypass these restrictions, and open Start menu search results in your default browser of choice.

The EdgeDeflector block first appeared in an early preview build of Windows 11 last week. While the block initially looked like a bug, has now confirmed the changes will arrive for all Windows 11 users in a software update that’s arriving in the coming weeks. Microsoft has decided to prevent app developers from invoking Microsoft-edge protocol links, which are now restricted to the Edge browser.

Microsoft spokesperson said that windows openly enables applications and services on its platform, including various web browsers. Windows also offer certain end-to-end customer experiences in both Windows 10 and Windows 11, the search experience from the taskbar is one such example of an end-to-end experience that is not designed to be redirected. When we become aware of improper redirection, we issue a fix.

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