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Microsoft anticompetitive behaviors are back, this time changing HTTPS URLs to microsoft-edge:// URIs to force open the link in Edge.

Brave has already added support for the microsoft-edge:// URI, and Firefox support is coming.

theregister.com/2021/11/11/lat

@atoponce aah, the corporate web's warm stranglehold 🧟‍♂️

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Lol, might as well just tell you what to think while they're at it.

@atoponce You can change it in settings just like all the other defaults. I just tested it.

@atoponce Does the edge rewrite existing webpages to change all the links to this format? Or is it something that html authors can just use when appropriate.

If its the latter then this doesnt seem like anticompetitive behavior, it kinda makes sense if a particular link has edge specific functionality in it that doesnt match the html standard. Not that such pages should exist very often. But I could see the need under certain circumstances.

@freemo The microsoft-edge:// URIs are getting deployed in Windows 10 & 11 shells and apps, such as built-in documentation and Cortana, among other things.

The URIs are just going to external HTTPS pages, but forcing the user to use Edge.

More analysis at CTRL blog:

ctrl.blog/entry/microsoft-edge

@atoponce My solution is not to use Windows' built in News and Interest, etc. to get links. I usually open Firefox and browse links. This also tells MS I have no interest in using their 'convenient' OS features to browse.

@atoponce >FF just going along with it
Maybe instead just don't, and if people bitch you just go "here's Microsoft's support line, have fun".

@atoponce Just when we thought they couldn’t get any more annoying!

@atoponce I knew ms had something planned. Changing the default browser choice in win10 was the *only* choice that whinged. "Are you sure? please give Edge a chance".
It's important to ms that you use edge. Why? Dunno yet.
I haven't had to touch ms for a few years now, so I forget the wording.

@atoponce Even with Google Chrome, Microsoft's anti-competitive practices haven't gone away...
I hope this doesn't happen on MacOS or Linux. But just in case, DON'T INSTALL MICROSOFT EDGE.

@atoponce And at the same time Google try to put AMP as much as possible in URL, in tags, in Javascripts.... GAFAM is still GAFAM
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