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Microsoft Now Prevents Apps from Avoiding the Edge Browser on Machines Running Windows 11

Microsoft Now Blocks Workaround that Allowed Windows 11 Users Avoid its Edge Browser

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Microsoft now prevents applications like EdgeDeflector from circumventing the Edge browser on computers running Windows 11…

Microsoft is rolling out an update to Windows 11 that will block a workaround that lets users open Start menu search results in another browser instead of Edge. The loophole was popularized by EdgeDeflector, an app giving users the power to bypass some of the built-in browser restrictions baked into Windows 10 and 11. Competitors Mozilla and Brave were creating similar bypasses but those won’t work either.

Microsoft Now Blocks Workaround that Allowed Windows 11 Users Avoid its Edge Browser

The block first appeared within an early preview build of Windows 11 last week. But, at the time, it seemed to be a mistake. However, at the beginning of this week, Microsoft let it be known it did intentionally close the loophole. Of course, the developer behind EdgeDeflector doesn’t like Microsoft’s move, pointing out that people ought to have freedom of choice to use the browser they most prefer.

“Windows openly enables applications and services on its platform, including various web browsers. At the same time, Windows also offers 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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