Windows 11 to force Outlook and Teams to open links on Microsoft Edge

  • Microsoft is making changes to force Outlook and Teams to open links on Edge.
  • The change will apply regardless of the default web browser preferences configured on Windows 11.
  • Thus far, Widgets and Search, and now Outlook and Teams, are the products ignoring the default web browser configurations.

On Windows 11, regardless of your default web browser configuration, Outlook and Microsoft Teams links will open on Microsoft Edge. According to a new report for The Verge, the software giant is again making it more difficult for users to use another web browser, such as Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox, by forcing links from the Outlook and Teams apps to open on Microsoft Edge, ignoring your web browser preferences completely.

Microsoft is already sending messages to network administrators on Microsoft 365 admin center (via Reddit) about the change saying that “web links from Azure Active Directory (AAD) accounts and Microsoft (MSA) accounts in the Outlook for Windows app will open in Microsoft Edge in a single view showing the opened link side-by-side with the email it came from,”

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Although the company rolled back some previous changes and made it easier to change the default web browser to use something else other than Microsoft Edge, it appears that Microsoft products will ignore user preferences. On Windows 11, contents from Widgets, the Bing AI integration, and search results links are already open on the company’s web browser, and now, Outlook and Teams will also ignore the default web browser configurations completely.

According to the report, this will be the default behavior moving forward. However, Microsoft 365 Enterprise IT administrators will be able to restore the original configurations for Outlook and Teams through policies, but customers on Microsoft 365 for business will have to manage this change on a per-device basis.

The news comes shortly as the company said that new changes are coming to how apps open specific files and links by default to “ensure user choices are respected.” However, forcing users to open links on Microsoft Edge is clearly not respecting the user’s choice.

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Although the new version of Edge based on Google’s Chromium project is a great web browser, it’s not an application that everyone wants to use and trying to force it down to everyone not only affects users but also competition. However, the company seems to be doing everything it can to grow its user base.

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