Microsoft doubles down on its strategy to get more Windows 11 users on Microsoft Edge


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Microsoft has been adding new ways in Windows 11 to try to get more users to go with its Edge browser. Earlier this year, it changed the way users could set their default browsers, adding a bunch of new steps that required them to switch a number of settings manually in order to switch away from Edge. Last week, the company took another step by locking the Edge-specific protocol that enabled users to redirect programs to other Web browsers.

If you want a thorough explanation of what changed regarding the Edge protocol, I'd recommend this post from ghacks.net. In short, Microsoft blocked tools like Edge Deflector and Search Deflector, which were designed to make selecting a browser other than Edge more of a straightforward process.

Microsoft didn't do this by accident, and officials made it clear they aren't considering relenting on this. In last week's Windows 11 Dev Channel test build notes, there's a line that acknowledges its latest move. It simply says: "We fixed an issue where OS functionality could be improperly redirected when microsoft-edge: links are invoked."

I asked for a statement about whether the company intends to try to make switching to a browser other than Edge as difficult as possible with Windows 11. Please keep in mind; I am just the messenger here. A spokesperson sent the following:


Read more: Microsoft doubles down on its strategy to get more Windows 11 users on Edge | ZDNet
 

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Edge doesn't bother me quite as much as being force-fed Bing every time I turn around...
 

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If people wanted to use edge they would.
 

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I just did a test in my Win 11 Home VM that never had Firefox installed. It was easy to choose Firefox as my default browser. I chose the option in Firefox to set it as my default browser.
 

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I just did a test in my Win 11 Home VM that never had Firefox installed. It was easy to choose Firefox as my default browser. I chose the option in Firefox to set it as my default browser.
That is all I did.
 

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I have both edge and Firefox on this pc, (the ryzen 3200g one), and have left edge as default. I also switched off the reminder at the start of Firefox about default which was beginning to annoy me. Both are on the taskbar for me to choose and I don't understand the importance of being the default browser anyway.
 

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Yeah... and they never will. That's why boards like this are so important to folks who want to have as much control over their computing experience as possible. What chaps me the most is regular Joe Blow users who don't know any different have to accept it.
 

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I have both edge and Firefox on this pc, (the ryzen 3200g one), and have left edge as default. I also switched off the reminder at the start of Firefox about default which was beginning to annoy me. Both are on the taskbar for me to choose and I don't understand the importance of being the default browser anyway.
If you using an email client such as Thunderbird or any other ,it will go to the NET on your Default Browser . If I click on a link in My Client that will say go to Amazon, if I have EDGE set it will go there but without any log in details. I use long Passwords and I can't take the time to look them up. Besides that I don't like EDGE and I am wondering why IE is leaving leftovers as I thought MS was dumping it completely.
 

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I just did a test in my Win 11 Home VM that never had Firefox installed. It was easy to choose Firefox as my default browser. I chose the option in Firefox to set it as my default browser.

That is all I did.

Same here.

Seems the lads are really serious about this. :(
 

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Seems the lads are really serious about this. :(
Odd.. but I didn't have to use a workaround. I simply installed Firefox and set it as the default in Firefox settings. 🤷‍♂️
 

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If they block it, I will install and Dual boot with Linux and use it for the Net. MS should be broken up just like AT&T was as they are becoming a monopoly and I am tireing of the way they use people and conduct Business..
 

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Seems the lads are really serious about this. :(
Starting Firefox or any browser you want and clicking on Make this my default browser in settings is a workaround?
 

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I think the news is just that MS is going to block that process. No word yet on what happens to systems that have already used that process. And it's not clear that the MS "fix" in favor of Edge will let you use the browser of your choice in any way other than by opening the browser directly: it could be that any Web link in any program of any kind will be read by Windows as a call for Edge to open. Pure speculation; I admit it.
 

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I think the news is just that MS is going to block that process. No word yet on what happens to systems that have already used that process. And it's not clear that the MS "fix" in favor of Edge will let you use the browser of your choice in any way other than by opening the browser directly: it could be that any Web link in any program of any kind will be read by Windows as a call for Edge to open. Pure speculation; I admit it.
According to the 'stories' it's effecting version 22449 and I'm on that one right now. So far I can use Firefox as my default browser with no issues.
 

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I stopped reading the article after reading the first paragraph. Is Microsoft going to make it harder to change the default browser in future builds? Only MS knows. Even if they do, I'm sure they will be made to change it back.
 

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    15.6"
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    PCIe NVMe M.2 512GB
    Browser
    Firefox, Edge and Edge Canary
    Antivirus
    ESET Internet Security

Winuser

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If they block it, I will install and Dual boot with Linux and use it for the Net. MS should be broken up just like AT&T was as they are becoming a monopoly and I am tireing of the way they use people and conduct Business..
I remember when we use to get our phone service from Bell Atlantic. I also remember when we had a party line.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    PowerSpec B746
    CPU
    Intel Core i7-10700K
    Motherboard
    ASRock Z490 Phantom Gaming 4/ax
    Memory
    16GB (8GB PC4-19200 DDR4 SDRAM x2)
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 TI
    Sound Card
    Realtek Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung SAM0A87 Samsung SAM0D32
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    NVMe WDC WDS100T2B0C-00PXH0 1TB
    Samsung SSD 860 EVO 1TB
    PSU
    750 Watts (62.5A)
    Case
    PowerSpec/Lian Li ATX 205
    Keyboard
    Logitech K270
    Mouse
    Logitech M185
    Browser
    Microsoft Edge and Firefox
    Antivirus
    ESET Internet Security
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Dev
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Envy x360 15-ds1083cl
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 4700U 2.0GHZ
    Memory
    16 MB DDR 4-2666
    Graphics card(s)
    AMD Radeon
    Monitor(s) Displays
    15.6"
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    PCIe NVMe M.2 512GB
    Browser
    Firefox, Edge and Edge Canary
    Antivirus
    ESET Internet Security

Winuser

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According to the 'stories' it's effecting version 22449 and I'm on that one right now. So far I can use Firefox as my default browser with no issues.
I'm on the same build. When I clicked on a link in an email it opened up in Firefox.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    PowerSpec B746
    CPU
    Intel Core i7-10700K
    Motherboard
    ASRock Z490 Phantom Gaming 4/ax
    Memory
    16GB (8GB PC4-19200 DDR4 SDRAM x2)
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 TI
    Sound Card
    Realtek Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung SAM0A87 Samsung SAM0D32
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    NVMe WDC WDS100T2B0C-00PXH0 1TB
    Samsung SSD 860 EVO 1TB
    PSU
    750 Watts (62.5A)
    Case
    PowerSpec/Lian Li ATX 205
    Keyboard
    Logitech K270
    Mouse
    Logitech M185
    Browser
    Microsoft Edge and Firefox
    Antivirus
    ESET Internet Security
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Dev
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Envy x360 15-ds1083cl
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 4700U 2.0GHZ
    Memory
    16 MB DDR 4-2666
    Graphics card(s)
    AMD Radeon
    Monitor(s) Displays
    15.6"
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    PCIe NVMe M.2 512GB
    Browser
    Firefox, Edge and Edge Canary
    Antivirus
    ESET Internet Security

davewin11

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Isn't what MS are saying they will do illegal?
 

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  • OS
    Windows 10
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Self built
    CPU
    Intel i8400
    Motherboard
    ASUS PRIME Z370-P
    Memory
    16GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce GT710
    Sound Card
    ASUS Xonar D2X
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell SE2417HGXF Full HD Gaming Monitor, 24"
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    Samsung V-NAND SSD 860EVO
    Other spinning HDDs
    PSU
    Xilence XP420
    Cooling
    PSU fan and stock CPU fan
    Mouse
    Microsoft
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Avira free
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 on VMware (Release and Dev)
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop

BunnyJ

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I'm on the same build. When I clicked on a link in an email it opened up in Firefox.
I checked the key defaults and all are set to Firefox. IMO,.. Much to do about nothing.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Home 25151.1000 - Dev Channel
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Banna Junior 7000 - X Series
    CPU
    Ryzen 7 2700X
    Motherboard
    Asus Crosshair VII Hero, X470
    Memory
    Gskill 32GB, 16GBX2 PC3000
    Graphics Card(s)
    GeForce GTX TITAN X 12GB
    Sound Card
    Realtek (R) Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ASUS VP28UQG 28" 4K, Viotek 32" 1080p
    Screen Resolution
    4K 3840 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    Primary Samsung 256 SSD
    PSU
    EVGA BQ 700w 80+ Bronze
    Case
    NZXT 510
    Cooling
    Stock AMD cooler
    Keyboard
    Corsair
    Mouse
    Amazon Generic with Cord
    Internet Speed
    Download: 350.50 mbps Upload: 12.02 mbps Ping: 15ms
    Browser
    Firefox, Chrome and Edge
    Antivirus
    MS - Defender
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