Back in January 2020, Microsoft announced that they were planning to install a browser extension that would make Bing the default search engine for Google Chrome, for O365 ProPlus.
But there were some concerns raised, mainly around the fact that this was going to be switched on by default. Customers fed back to Microsoft that they didn’t want O365 ProPlus to change search defaults without an opt-in, and that they wanted a way to govern these changes on unmanned devices.
Based on customer feedback, Microsoft are making a few changes to their plan:
- 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 organisation through Office 365 ProPlus.
- In the near term, Office 365 ProPlus will only deploy the browser extension to AD-joined devices, even within organisations that have opted in. In the future they will add specific settings to govern the deployment of the extension to unmanaged devices.
- They will continue to provide end users who receive the extension with control over their search engine preference.
We think this is a very sensible resolution. There is obvious value in the integration of Bing and Microsoft Search, but as so many people use Google as their preferred search engine, we’re pleased the change won’t be automatically deployed.
If you are affected by this change and wish to revert back to Google as your default search engine, simply:
Step 1: Click the icon to the right of the URL bar
Step 2: Toggle off Bing as your default search engine
Step 3: Restart your browser
If you’re a projectfive customer and you have any questions about this, give our team a call on 01276 455455.