Microsoft no longer forces users to use the Edge browser when clicking a link in the widget bar or search results in Windows 11. This change is already being tested in the latest beta versions of the platform, but will only be introduced within Windows 11 in the European Economic Area.
“In the European Economic Area, Windows system components use the default browser to open links”.
Microsoft ignores the browser set as the default web browser in Windows 10 when the user clicks a link from the operating system’s internal search engine or from a taskbar widget. In Windows 11, the software giant has continued this practice, which doesn’t appeal to all users. Because search and widgets are system-level features in Windows 11, the previously mentioned feature applies to them, allowing you to open links with your default browser.
For what reason this change was made only in the territory of the European Economic Area is not explained in detail. It is also not known when exactly the ability to open links from Windows search and widgets using the default browser will become public.