Windows 11’s most recent Insider Preview build appears to foil workarounds that let users set rival browsers as defaults, forcing them to rely on Microsoft’s Edge to handle Web links.

On Friday, Microsoft published a number of updates to the Insider, Beta and Release Preview Channels for Windows 11. In a company blog, Microsoft said: “We fixed an issue where OS functionality could be improperly redirected when microsoft-edge: links are invoked.”

In other words, Microsoft updated the Windows 11 Preview to block any attempts to redirect some URL’s away from the Edge browser.

Typically, a system uses whatever browser is set as the default in order to bring up https:// links. The latest Windows 11 build (22494), however, appears to push a user to set Edge as their browser by bringing up links as microsoft-edge:https://.

Microsoft did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The Windows Insider program offers three channels for early adopters: a Dev Channel where new features are introduced for initial testing; a Beta Channel, where more complete features are included for final testing (best for users who want the most stable builds); and a Program Release Preview channel for testing cumulative updates. After feedback from the Insider community, Microsoft may modify, keep, or remove updates.

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