You can no longer fully switch away from Edge in Windows 10 and 11.
It seems that Microsoft has quietly backported the block, introduced a month ago in a Dev build of Windows 11, on tools like EdgeDeflector and browsers from being the true default browser in Windows 10, with the change being implemented in Windows 11 too. Starting from KB5008212, which was installed on all supported versions of Windows 10 yesterday with Patch Tuesday, it is no longer possible to select EdgeDeflector as the default MICROSOFT-EDGE protocol.
They spent engineering resources on this.
Barring some sort of legal intervention, this is a battle that microsoft can ultimately win thanks to their privileged access to the OS. Given that this is the same sort of behavior that triggered their last antitrust lawsuit, I wonder what their thinking is here? I mean antitrust is supposed to prohibit such abuse Maybe their lobbyists are better prepared to “grease the wheels” of corrupt politicians this time around?
Or perhaps they can make a stronger case that platform restrictions have become accepted practice in today’s market and that they should not be punished for doing the same thing as competitors. This is how I see anti-competitive restrictions becoming normalized and legally accepted 🙁