Microsoft Corporation never tires from coming up with new ways to impose their services on customers. On January 22, they announced a new update for Office 365 ProPlus. Moreover, they stated that Bing would be installed as the default search engine with the update Version 2002. However, they justified the forceful installment by saying users can take advantage of Microsoft search better.
The forceful “Bing as the default search engine for Chrome” is to come out mid-February, as they roll out an update for Office 365 ProPlus. With integrated Microsoft search in Bing, they wanted to facilitate users to search for what they need — both from inside their organization and the public web.
Since the announcement, many users have raised concerns about not having an opt-in for the search engine. Considering the criticism and feedback from the users, Microsoft Corporation decided to make some changes.
Microsoft’s backtrack on their plan
They released a statement in their TechCommunity, stating the changes they have decided for the update.
- The update will not force Bing browser extension on Office 365 ProPlus users.
- Microsoft Office 365 Admin Center will have a toggle system, that allows users to opt-in for the browser extension deployment.
- Office 365 ProPlus will only deploy the extension for AD-joined devices. Further, they will add settings to control extension on unmanaged devices.
- Microsoft pledges to provide end-users with control for their search engine preference.
As a result, Office 365 ProPlus users have an opt-in to decide what is best for them. Undoubtedly, the decision to force Bing in Chrome was a bizarre idea, and it could have caught legal attention in some time. Thankfully, Microsoft knows better than to force their services on users as they have settled lawsuits previously as well. The most famous case was forcing Internet Explorer as the default browser on users.