Microsoft had considered using Office 365 to change Chrome’s default engine to Bing

Microsoft initially considered installing Chrome with the Office 365 installer, forcing the Google Chrome default search engine to be switched to Bing, but the project has now been canceled. Under plan A, Microsoft includes a new Chrome extension in the Office 365 Pro Plus installer used by businesses that will switch Chrome’s default search engine to Bing. The software giant initially announced its plans last month, but IT administrators expressed strong dissatisfaction with the move.

Microsoft had considered using Office 365 to change Chrome's default engine to Bing

“We’ve heard that customers don’t want Office 365 ProPlus to change their default search engine without opting in, and they need a way to manage those changes on unmanaged devices,” the Microsoft Office 365 team’s support note reads. “Based on the feedback, Microsoft will no longer bundle its Microsoft Search Chrome extension with the Office 365 Pro Plus installation, and IT administrators can deploy it using the switching features in the Microsoft 365 Central Administration Center.”

Microsoft says the changes mean the Microsoft Search in Bing extension will not be available this month in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, France, Germany and India. “We will provide an updated timeline for this release in the coming weeks,” the company said. “