Microsoft set to install Bing Search extension on Chrome browsers for users with Office 365 ProPlus starting from users with 2002 versions

Microsoft has revealed plans to install a Microsoft Search in Bing function extension for Chrome browsers for users on the Office 365 ProPlus plan.

This decision has since been met with nothing but dissent from users who do not want the forced service on their browsers and this is only a bare month away with the company scheduling the release of the extension in February, followed by a more extensive rollout in March.

But all is not lost, as the Microsoft team has shared that while the installation is a little less than arbitrary, there are ways to avoid installation of the extension via the Office Deployment Tool or by instituting a Group policy for Office 365 ProPlus users as well as means to uninstall the program so users can have that choice. This can be found on the official Microsoft website here: support on Chrome Bing extension

What the change entails on Chrome browsers...

They shared about the change in a company issued document,

By making Bing the default search engine, users in your organization with Google Chrome will be able to take advantage of Microsoft Search, including being able to access relevant workplace information directly from the browser address bar.

It is less than satisfactory for many customers who have taken to Reddit and other platforms such as Github to complain about the “forced change” and say it is bound to bring in nothing but inconvenience calls and disrupt a normal working order. Some users said that by switching the default search engine on the Chrome browsers to Bing, they deprive users of a choice in the matter and are bound to change the entire experience, not necessarily for the best.

A Reddit user is reported to have said,

I think they severely underestimate the amount of helpdesk calls this will generate in an average org [organization]. And that is just one problem with it.

Others mostly expressed by dissent by sharing that they will no longer be using the Chrome service and will be looking into alternative browser selections.

One user shard on Twitter,

Wow, I am paying for Office 365 and this is the thanks I get? I guess someone at Microsoft is getting a bonus for this decision…

The roll out is expected to first take place in Australia, France, Canada, India, Germany, the United States, and in the UK before trickling down to other countries.


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