Microsoft has announced that it will soon allow users to uninstall Edge and Bing from Windows 11. This change is being made in compliance with the European Union’s Digital Markets Act (DMA), which comes into effect in March 2024.
The DMA is designed to promote fair competition in the digital market and prevent large tech companies from abusing their market power.
DMA compels Microsoft to give users more choice and control over their software
Under the European Union’s Digital Markets Act (DMA), Microsoft is required to allow users to choose their default web browser and search engine. This means that users will be able to uninstall Edge and Bing if they prefer to use other software. Microsoft is also required to make it easier for users to switch between different web browsers and search engines.
Microsoft has said that the changes to Windows 11 will be rolled out to all users in the European Economic Area (EEA) in early 2024. It is unclear whether or not the company will extend these changes to users in other regions.
The changes are expected to be implemented in the next few months. Microsoft has released a preview update for Windows 11 that includes the ability to uninstall Edge and Bing. The update is currently available to Insiders, but it is expected to be rolled out to all Windows 11 users in the coming weeks.
What does this mean for users?
If users live in one of the 27 EU countries, then they will soon be able to uninstall Edge and Bing from their Windows 11 computers. The 27 EU countries that will get the feature to uninstall Edge and Bing are:
- Czech Republic