Hot potatoes: We all know that Microsoft is not afraid to use aggressive tactics when it comes to pushing people towards their products. Redmond’s position was clearly illustrated when he recently started blocking the EdgeDeflector tool in Windows 11, which redirects links from the company’s browser to the user’s preferred option.
As most Windows users know, links in Microsoft apps such as Cortana and Windows Search are redirected to Edge even after installing an alternate default web browser on the system. In Windows 11, this extends to the widget bar, and Microsoft is making it more difficult to switch browsers in its latest OS.
To avoid this annoyance, Daniel Alexandersen created EdgeDeflector, a free tool that intercepts microsoft-edge: // links and changes them back to the regular https: // that opens in your default browser.
But it looks like Microsoft didn’t appreciate Alexandersen’s efforts. Creator explains that Windows 11 build 22494, released Nov 3, makes it impossible to install anything other than Edge as a protocol handler for the microsoft-edge: // protocol.
Alexandersen said working on the new restriction would lead to disruptive changes to Windows, but another developer, Robert Mel, stepped into the void with MSEdgeRedirect. He explains that the tool “filters and passes command line arguments for Microsoft Edge processes to your default browser” instead of intercepting the microsoft-edge: // handler, which should prevent future Windows updates from running.
You can download the MSEdgeRedirect app from Github… It just needs to be started (in the system tray) for it to work properly. Maehl also plans to replace Bing links with the user’s preferred search engine in a future version of the tool.