Microsoft is updating Office to make Bing the Default Search Engine in Chrome!!?
Is this a joke? How is this even legal. This will confuse people, inconvenience everyone, and cost our company money.
Beginning with Version 2002 of Office 365 ProPlus, Microsoft will install a browser extension that makes Bing the default search engine for Google Chrome, providing the benefits of Microsoft Search in the browser to those end users.
• This browser extension is scheduled to be available in Monthly Channel (Targeted) in February 2020.
• It is expected to be released to Monthly Channel in early March 2020.
• It will be included in the upcoming releases for Semi-Channel (Targeted) and Semi-Annual Channel.
This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 59917.
Note: This change only applies to devices in certain locations, based on the IP address of the device. At this time, countries include Australia, Canada, France, Germany, India, the United Kingdom, and the United States. As we add locations, we will notify you through Message Center.
[How does this affect me?]
New installations of Office 365 ProPlus will include this extension. When you update your existing installation of Office 365 ProPlus, the extension is included unless Bing is already the default search engine in your tenant. The extension sets Bing as the default search engine by default; users may turn it off via the extension toggle.
As part of Microsoft 365, Microsoft Search is on by default for all Microsoft apps that support it. Microsoft Search provides contextual work-related information using data sources in Office 365, including SharePoint, Microsoft OneDrive for Business, and Exchange.
With Bing as the default search vehicle for Google Chrome, those users will be able to access Microsoft Search directly from their browser address bar when they are signed in with their work or school account. This browser access to work-related search is known as Microsoft Search in Bing.
The first time your users open Google Chrome after the extension for Microsoft Search in Bing is installed, they will see a Welcome screen:
At least, Microsoft must figure out that any extensions should be installed and made the default engine/setting after "opt-in" procedure.
Nathan Banks commented
If this happens at all, it should be opt-in, not opt-out.