Microsoft will no
longer make Bing the default for Office 365 ProPlus
On January 22, 2020, Microsoft announced that Bing would be
the default browser for Office 365 ProPlus.
Many users voiced objections about Office 365 ProPlus
changing the search defaults without an opt-in option and a way to govern the
changes Office 365 ProPlus would be making to unmanaged devices.
Microsoft responded to the backlash by releasing a
techcommunity post today, February 11, 2020, that states that they will no
longer forcibly make Bing the default search engine in Chrome for Office 365
There will be a new toggle option in the Microsoft 365
admin center that will allow administrators to opt-in to deploy the browser
extension to their organization through Office 365 ProPlus, should they decide
they would like that extension.
They have also provided some additional news by stating that in the near term, Office 365 ProPlus will only deploy the browser extension to AD-joined devices, even within organizations that have opted in. In the future, they will add specific settings to govern the deployment of the extension to unmanaged devices.
Due to these changes, the Microsoft Search in Bing
extension will not ship with Version 2002 of Office 365 ProPlus.
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