Microsoft has blocked EdgeDeflector to force the use of Edge

EdgeDeflector

Microsoft had to react to the controversy surrounding the blocking of EdgeDeflector in Windows 11 and other mechanisms that the developers of Firefox and Brave have put in place to prevent the Redmond company from forcing the use of their own Edge browser by opening certain links and rejects the rest of alternatives.

In statements too The edge, Microsoft says it does Improvement of the user experience: «Windows openly enables applications and services on its platform, including various web browsers. At the same time, Windows also offers certain end-to-end client experiences in both Windows 10 and Windows 11. If we notice an incorrect forwarding, we will issue a solution«.

It seems like common sense … or does it? Microsoft can use your browser to ensure a consistent and predictable end-to-end user experience for its Windows features. The point is that There are other browsers that users might want to use in addition to Edge and that they should have the same treatment and behavior on operating systems with a nearly 90% market share.

Aside from explicitly acknowledging that the EdgeDeflector crash was made to force users to use Edge, there are reasons to believe that the explanation no apology and it will convince few outside of Microsoft. The first is that a solution that conforms to the standards set by Microsoft should work just as well with Edge or Chrome since they share the same Chromium base. And it’s not the case. Another reason is that users may have their own reasons for opening certain links in their own browser and not having to activate two running browsers, both with their own resource consumption, which is not uncommon in these applications.

The “Improvement of the user experience»Quotation from Microsoft is negated by numerous disadvantages. Even for the same company. In fact, users may avoid using features like Windows Search, Cortana, News and Interests, or even Windows 11 itself simply because they don’t have the ability to open the links in the web browser of their choice.

Microsoft shouldn’t decide for the user himself. And it all starts with taking advantage of Windows’s huge market share to run your own applications. A repetitive behavior, not at all transparent, that many call monopolistic and that we shall see where it ends.

EdgeDeflector activated?

The EdgeDeflector developer, after turning microsoft into broth, called I wouldn’t update the tool anymore under the current conditions because it would mean «break»Windows11.

Edge deflector

Another developer, however, has taken a different approach and created the MSEdgeRedirect application which «Filter and change the command line arguments of Microsoft Edge processes in your default browser“What should prevent that only Microsoft Edge can handle the protocol”Microsoft Edge: // Protocol»And that future Windows 11 updates will break the system.

The new tool is available at GitHub and the developer is also planning in new versions to replace the links from Bing (Microsoft’s own search engine) with the search engine preferred by the user.

Unfortunately, these developments, such as the adaptation of the browser selection for each extension type and the associated protocol and that Microsoft has also changed in Windows 11, They are only used by a tiny fraction of the users And with all these tricks, the company will achieve its goal: to increase the share of Edge, a great browser that does not require artificial inflation.

As they said of Mozilla: “People deserve options. You should be able to set default settings easily and easily, and your choice of default browser should be respected«.

Since the EdgeDeflector blocking and solutions implemented by Firefox or Brave are in the testing phase for Windows 11 Insider builds, it’s easy to go back and (for once) respect user choice if you are easily using your favorite web browser.

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