Microsoft Win 11 bans a large number of third-party browser tools


Windows 11

Recently, Microsoft announced the push of Build 22494 update for Win 11. After this update, many tools for customizing third-party browsers will become invalid. This will cause users to only use the Edge browser in many scenarios. Microsoft has been vigorously promoting its Edge browser in the past few years. The company is even forcing users to open links using the Edge browser through the Microsoft-edge://agreement. In this regard, some users have developed tools like EdgeDeflector to counteract this. Such tools can modify the Microsoft-edge:// protocol to direct the connection to the third-party browser set by the user. However, the latest update for the Microsoft Win 11 makes these tools completely invalid.

Microsoft Win 11

In Build 22494 of Microsoft Win11, the company modified the Microsoft-edge:// agreement so that the agreement could not be hijacked. Of course, many users are not satisfied with Microsoft’s actions. Nevertheless, Microsft claims that it is just “fixing loopholes” and everything it did is to improve the user experience.

In response, a Microsoft spokesperson stated that Win 10 and Win 11 provide a large amount of “end-to-end customer experience”, taskbar search, and Win 11 news widgets are such end-to-end experiences. The company claims that none of these are features are designed to redirect to third-party browsers.

“When we become aware of an incorrect redirect, we will issue a fix to it,” a Microsoft spokesperson said.

According to the company, the “fix” will be available to beta users and preview channels this Friday. Other users will receive the fix in future system updates.

Microsoft Win11 taskbar no longer supports clock seconds display

Microsoft has confirmed that the Win11 taskbar does not support the function of dragging and dropping applications onto the taskbar. In addition, Microsoft Win11 no longer allows users to change the position of the entire taskbar. Windows always had the ability to move the taskbar to any side of the screen (top, left, and right). However, in Windows 11, users are now forced to place the taskbar at the bottom of the screen. We don’t know whether this feature will return in a future version. However, Microsoft claims that it will listen to user feedback.

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Microsoft Win11

In a new Feedback Center post, Microsoft admits to deleting a registry value “ShowSecondsInSystemClock” that allows the taskbar clock to display time in seconds. This feature also requires the registry to be on, and it was first added in Windows 10. In a post in the Feedback Center, Microsoft confirmed that the Win11 taskbar system clock has abandoned support for seconds.

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“We are sorry, this is not a registry key supported by Windows 11. Thank you very much for your feedback, and we will continue to use this feedback to guide the future of the clock,” Microsoft said.

If you want to display the seconds on the taskbar, you now need a third-party application, such as T-Clock Redux.

 

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