Windows 11 blocks Edge deflector, forcing users to open URLs on Edge

Microsoft has decided to block popular third-party app EdgeDeflector on Windows 11. The app helps users to open links on browsers like Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. With the new move, Microsoft will now force Windows 11 users to open URLs only from the Start menu and widget panel search results on the Edge browser. EdgeDeflector developer Daniel Aleksandrson criticized the blocking by saying that the company is prioritizing “ads, bundleware and service subscriptions” over user productivity, according to a blog post.

Edge Deflector and other similar third-party tools were developed to work around Microsoft’s special Microsoft-Edge protocol, allowing links to be opened on browsers such as Chrome and Firefox. Last week, the company blocked the EdgeDeflector app in preview builds of Windows 11, which was initially believed to be a bug. However, a Microsoft spokesperson has now confirmed to The Verge that an upcoming software update for Windows 11 will block all apps from using the Microsoft-Edge protocol link.

A Microsoft spokesperson said the Windows operating system enables applications and services openly on the platform, including web browsers. “At the same time, Windows also offers some end-to-end customer experience in both Windows 10 and Windows 11, the search experience from the taskbar being 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 rectification,” said the spokesperson.

However, Daniel Aleksandrson, developer of the EdgeDeflector tool, criticized the move in a blog post. “These are not the actions of an attentive company that no longer cares about its product. Microsoft is not a good manager of the Windows operating system. They are prioritizing ads, bundleware, and service subscriptions over the productivity of their users,” said Alexanderson .

This isn’t the first restrictive move by Microsoft, which had previously introduced changes in Windows 11 that made it difficult to move away from Microsoft Edge. Windows 10 users were previously able to switch to Chrome, Firefox or any other browser with a few clicks. Windows 11, on the other hand, forces users to set the browser as the default in order to open various file formats. Mozilla and Brave recently announced changes that would implement similar workarounds such as EdgeDeflector. However, these will also be blocked by Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 11 update.


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