Microsoft has added code to Windows 10 to prevent users from changing the default browser away from Edge. The code was first discovered by the – Bestgamingpro

Orignally published on 2021-11-28 04:37:01 by

Microsoft has already made it more difficult to opt out of Microsoft’s default browser in Windows 11, and now the company is taking things a step further by blocking applications like EdgeDeflector.

Now that the new Widgets panel in Windows 11 is enabled by default, Microsoft has been forcing Windows 10 and Windows 11 users into Edge and its Bing search engine in the Start menu search results. It’s a pain in Windows that doesn’t obey your preferred browser.

The EdgeDeflector block was first discovered in an early preview build of Windows 11 last week. While the block appeared to be a bug at first, Microsoft now specifies that it will be implemented for all Windows 11 users via a forthcoming software update.

“Microsoft enables applications and services on its platform, including a variety of web browsers, without restrictions.

EdgeDeflector, which was designed to fix this issue, is now a part of an upcoming Windows 11 update that began rolling out for Beta and Release Preview users on Friday. EdgeDeflector’s creator, Daniel Aleksandersen, isn’t pleased with Microsoft’s modifications.

Microsoft has not offered an explanation for why it began to block EdgeDeflector and other applications, but the reason is obvious. “The 500,000 EdgeDeflector users were most likely never more than a nuisance to Microsoft,” says Aleksandersen.

Microsoft will have noticed this workaround and patched it since Firefox has 200 million users.

“People should have a choice. They should be able to easily and simply establish defaults, and their chosen default browser should be respected,” a Mozilla spokesperson tells The Verge.

Firefox users on Windows 10 and Windows 11 will be able to quickly and simply make it the default browser in a single click thanks to Mozilla’s own fix. It’s a feature that Microsoft only allows for Edge.

According to a Mozilla representative, “Firefox includes an MSIX package in the Windows Store so that our customers on Windows 10 and 11 can download Firefox from the Store.” A ‘Windows package environment’ is used to house MSIX packages.

Microsoft’s changes are, in my opinion, horrible. The Windows 11 ones especially make it more difficult to change your preferred browsers in the first place. It’s a forceful move reminiscent of Microsoft’s ugly antitrust legal battle over bundling Internet Explorer with Windows.

The most perplexing aspect of Microsoft forcing consumers to use Edge and disregarding browser defaults in Windows is that it’s a decent browser.

Orignally published on 2021-11-28 04:37:01 by

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