Microsoft will no longer force Bing by default for Office 365 ProPlus customers

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What you need to know

  • Microsoft will no longer force Bing as the default search engine for Office 365 ProPlus customers.
  • Microsoft was going to forcibly install the Microsoft Search in Bing extension onto any system with Office 365 ProPlus that didn't already have Bing set as the default search engine.
  • The change by Microsoft is in response to customer feedback.

Microsoft will no longer forcibly make Bing the default search engine in Chrome for Office 365 ProPlus customers. A techcommunity post from Microsoft (opens in new tab) announced the change. Microsoft states that people will have the choice to opt-in to have the Microsoft Search in Bing browser extension installed.

Microsoft was going to install the Microsoft Search Bing extension onto any system with Office 365 ProPlus that didn't already have Bing set as the default search engine. This would have effectively forced Bing onto Office 365 ProPlus customers. The move set off waves of backlash around the web, which caused Microsoft to change its plans. As a result of feedback from customers, Microsoft will make the following changes:

  • The Microsoft Search in Bing browser extension will not be automatically deployed with Office 365 ProPlus.
  • Through a new toggle in Microsoft 365 admin center, administrators will be able to opt in to deploy the browser extension to their organization through Office 365 ProPlus.
  • In the near term, Office 365 ProPlus will only deploy the browser extension to AD-joined devices, even within organizations that have opted in. In the future we will add specific settings to govern the deployment of the extension to unmanaged devices.
  • We will continue to provide end users who receive the extension with control over their search engine preference.

As a result of these changes, the Microsoft Search in Bing extension will not ship with Version 2002 of Office 365 ProPlus.

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8 Comments
  • Well, I only use Bing.
  • You really like to punish yourself. Do you have a rubberized S&M room like in 50 Shades?
  • This is part of the reason why people give you so much crap for your comments lol
  • This guy is a special case.
  • I only use bing as well, it finds the same websites as Google, but it gets me free Game Pass and Xbox Live, so why wouldn't I?
  • The only thing surprising about this is they walked it back prior to rollout. I can't wait to see the replies from all the MS apologists who blindly defended the auto-install decision in the original article a couple of weeks ago.
  • Good to see MS rolling this back but it shouldn't have gotten so close to public deployment in the first place. Hopefully they won't try to pull a similar stunt in the future.
  • I guess Microsoft wants to sell Office365 to countries outside US and de limited few where Bing is actual usefull. Microsoft should put more effort on making Bing usable in the rest of the world before putting this kind of enforcement in place.