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 ProPlus customers.

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.

The full text of the techcommunity post can be found here:

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