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Briefing: Microsoft Changes Mind About Forcing Chrome Users to Try Bing

Briefing: Microsoft Changes Mind About Forcing Chrome Users to Try Bing”

The original decision announced January 22 was justified on the grounds that it will allow users in an organization to "take advantage of Microsoft Search, including being able to access relevant workplace information directly from the browser address bar".

Originally, Microsoft revealed last month that the Office 365 installer for ProPlus subscribers would include a so-called Microsoft Search Chrome Extension that automatically change the default search engine in the browser to Bing.

In the near term, Office 365 ProPlus will only deploy the browser extension to AD-joined devices, even within organizations that have opted in. This would have effectively forced Bing onto Office 365 ProPlus customers. Based on the feedback that customers don't want Office 365 ProPlus to change the default search engine, Microsoft today announced the following changes to its plans.

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.

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Meanwhile, another commentator simply wasn't buying Microsoft's claim that "We've heard from many customers who are excited about the value Microsoft Search provides through Bing and the simplicity of deploying that value through Office 365 ProPlus". A more vaguely worded complaint in the Office 365 user-voice forum got just 39 votes. "With Microsoft Search integrated, Bing becomes a single search engine for users to find what they need - both from inside their organization and the public web".

Microsoft's initial plans gained some infamy. Microsoft had meant to force all users to receive the browser plug-in, whether they wanted it or not.

By all appearances, Microsoft has shot down the idea of serving the add-on to all Office 365 ProPlus users running non-Edge browsers, thus shutting down the initiative. A techcommunity post from Microsoft announced the change. A browser hijacker may replace the existing home page, error page, or search engine with its own.



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