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Microsoft may soon let Windows 11 users bypass Edge as the default browser


Microsoft appears to have listened to users who were concerned about a Windows 11 build that thwarted a third-party workaround that allowed them to set their default browser to something other than Edge.

The change has not yet been rolled out to the current stable version of Windows 11; it’s being offered to users of Microsoft’s Insider program in the Dev Channel for developers.

In its latest blog on Windows 11 Build 22509, Microsoft credited feedback from users for the changes. Microsoft described the changes as “improvements that make browsing the web in Microsoft Edge with Narrator easier.”

“In the Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22509 released to the Dev Channel on Wednesday, we streamlined the ability for a Windows Insider to set the ‘default browser’ to apps that register for http:, https:, .htm, and .html.,” Aaron Woodman, vice president of Windows Marketing wrote in an email reply to Computerworld. “Through the Windows Insider Program you will continue to see us try new things based on customer feedback and testing.”

This latest Build change was spotted by Raphael Rivera on Twitter, and first reported by online publication Betanews.

Windows 11 browser default Raphael Rivera

Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22509 changes how a user’s default browser is set.

Last month, the creator of EdgeDeflector, a free workaround to enable third-party browsers as a default setting on Windows machines, complained that Windows 11 Build (22494) pushed a user to set Edge as their browser by bringing up links as microsoft-edge:https://.

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