Microsoft considered changing Chrome’s default engine to Bing with Office 365

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Microsoft initially considered installing Chrome using the Office 365 installer, forcing a switch to Bing as Google Chrome’s default search engine, but the project has since been scrapped. According to the plan, Microsoft includes a new Chrome extension in the Office 365 ProPlus installer used by enterprises, which will switch Chrome’s default search engine to Bing. The software giant initially announced its plans last month, though IT administrators expressed strong dissatisfaction with the move.

“We’ve heard customers don’t want Office 365 ProPlus to change their default search engine without opting in, they need a way to manage these changes on unmanaged devices,” reads a support note from Microsoft’s Office 365 team. Based on feedback, Microsoft will no longer bundle its Microsoft Search Chrome extension with Office 365 ProPlus installations, and IT admins can deploy it using a toggle in the Microsoft 365 admin center.

Microsoft says the changes mean the Microsoft Search in Bing extension won’t be rolling out this month in the US, UK, Australia, Canada, France, Germany and India. “We will provide an updated timeline for this launch in the coming weeks,” the company said.

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