Microsoft stopped promoting Edge in Windows 11 and 10 when the default settings were changed

Microsoft stopped promoting Edge in Windows 11 and 10 when the default settings were changed

In order to comply with the Digital Markets Act (DMA) of the European Union, Microsoft is making changes to the operation of services and services. Yes, Windows 10 and 11 no longer show Edge ad pop-ups when the user tries to change the default browser.

Previously, when trying to switch to another browser, such as Chrome, a pop-up window appeared advertising the benefits of Edge. Ad windows were also noticed in the “Recommended programs” section when changing the “Open with” settings in Windows 11 or 10.

Starting with the February 29 Windows 11 update, Microsoft removed the Recommended Apps section. Now the user only sees all the available settings apps and Windows will not use Edge.

The update is available for users outside of Europe as well.

Microsoft has also made Edge an optional Windows feature for users in EEA regions. Starting with the Moment 5 update, Edge and Bing can be easily uninstalled in a region.

Also, MSN is no longer the default news provider in widgets. Microsoft has already published documentation to help developers create their own channel providers.

Finally, Windows will no longer use Edge to open links to system apps and will use the default browser instead. For users outside of Europe, Windows will continue to use Edge.

The exception is Windows in S mode, where Edge and Bing are still the default apps.

All of these changes were released in Windows 10 build 22H2 19045.4123 and Windows 11 build 23H2 22631.3235 on February 29, 2024.

Microsoft has promoted Edge in recent years through a search banner, the Google Chrome download page, the Settings app menu, and so on.

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