Microsoft blocks other browsers from opening Edge links

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I'm using the extension Skip Redirect in Firefox and I refuse to reinstall Edge at the moment. Would be an interesting experiment if Skip Redirect was able to bypass. Looks like Microsoft is crazy-obsessed with this browser thing so hopefully Sir Newton's Law holds true here: for every action, there's an equal and opposite reaction.

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"A Recent Windows Update prevents Mozilla's workaround to set Firefox as the default browser"
 

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MSEdgeRedirect tool to redirect Microsoft Edge links has been updated​

The new version improves several core features, including performance, installation and the detection of the default browser on the system.
The latest version of MSEdge Redirect, version 0.6.0.0, introduces the following changes:
  • Added Install Success screen
  • Added Install Settings screen
  • Improved Installer screen layouts
  • Added ability to update dev builds
  • Improved Default Browser detection
  • Improved Service Mode Performance
  • Improved Installer Admin Rights handling
  • Fixed 32-bit version failing Edge location checks
  • Fixed Tray Icon not hiding when selected in installer
  • Added additional Security Safeguards for URI handling
  • Fixed Update Checker not running due to inverted logic
  • Added ability for installer to detect and show existing settings values when updating
  • Added ability to redirect weather results to one of two available alternative providers
  • Added ability to semi-automatically repair IFEO Exclusion issues caused by Edge Updates
 

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Force widgets in Windows 11 or 10 to use default browser instead of Edge​

Thanks to Microsoft's weird ongoing battle to force people to use its own browser, ignoring the default browser choice by instead opening Edge browser in several widgets and links throughout Windows 10 and 11, this means we have to resort to third party apps to get around this behavior and get Windows to behave.

Thankfully we can install MSEdgeRedirect to correct this, and I am happy to report it even works with the new Windows 11 Dev Channel build 25120 Search widget on the desktop.
As pointed out above, this app even opens the default browser choice when using the new Desktop Search widget on Windows 11 build 25120, as well as all widgets and search terms from the Start menu are properly redirected to your default browser.
 

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This isn't such a problem since Edge is now the best browser you can use, for most people. I love Edge, but I keep switching back to Opera GX, because I really like the sidebar for Instagram, Edge bar is trash. If it wasn't for the sidebar, Edge would be my favorite browser for sure.
 
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MSEdgeRedirect update adds image search redirect and other improvements​

Here is what is new in MSEdgeRedirect 0.7.0.0:
  • Fixed Apps (again).
  • Cleaned up Search Data.
  • Added Image Search Redirections.
  • Added News De-Embedding (Beta) - Uses I'm Feeling Lucky from Google or DuckDuckGo.
  • Added support for @AveYo's Edge Removal Script.
  • Removed leftover dialog boxes used for debugging.
  • Fixed IEFO Settings not detecting existing IEFO Selections.
Before you download and install MSEdgeRedirect, it is worth noting that the app is still in Beta, and you may encounter some bugs or weird behavior. Proceed at your own risk when using such third-party software.

The developer says the latest release has the following known issues:
  • Outlook Previews Inop (#63). - Will be fixed in 0.7.1.0.
  • Weird Setup and Setting Menu Edge cases. Will be fixed in 0.8.0.0.
  • Debug Dialog left in for using News De-Embedding, Fixed in latest dev build.
You can download MSEdgeRedirect 0.7.0.0 from its repository on GitHub.