drew 1Microsoft will change the default Chrome search engine from Google to Bing for its Office 365 ProPlus customers starting mid-February. The move is designed to improve company-specific search performance, but it also looks a lot like web hijacking search.
“By making Bing the default search engine, users in your organization with Google Chrome will be able to take advantage of Microsoft Search, including being able to access relevant workplace information directly from the browser address bar,” Microsoft said in a support document
The new Office 365 ProPlus installations will be added to the Microsoft Search in Bing extended and upgraded to newer updates.
The only customers who won’t automatically have this Chrome extension activated are those who have already set Bing as their default Chrome search engine.
The extension also allows people to access Microsoft Search powered enterprise search, including viewing SharePoint suites, content on OneDrive, and conversations with Microsoft Teams and Yammer.
Users may disable the extension by:
- Clicking its icon to the right of the URL bar;
- Then toggling off Use Bing as your default search engine
- Now restart the browser.
Once this function has been rolled out, the end users can only alter their search engine preferences via the extension toggle; they cannot adjust the browser preferences to the default search engine.