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It's a Bing thing: Microsoft drops plans to shove unloved search engine down throats of unsuspecting enterprises (good news)
The Register ^ | Feb 11, 2020 | Tim Anderson

Posted on 02/12/2020 7:15:23 AM PST by dayglored

Default-hijacking browser extension pulled from Office Pro Plus installations

Microsoft has U-turned on plans to automatically switch browser search defaults to Bing when users install Office 365 Pro Plus.

In January, Microsoft let slip its plans to install a browser extension for Chrome that makes Bing the default search engine when users installed or updated Office Pro Plus, a key part of enterprise subscriptions to Office 365. The move was buried in documentation, rather than being delivered in the usual enthusiastic blog post, suggesting perhaps the company knew it would not go down well.

The stated rationale was to let users, er, take, advantage of "Microsoft search in Bing", which integrates web search with results from internal business data stored in Office 365.

The plans were not well received. Feedback on the document was a chorus of "unacceptable... unacceptable... unacceptable."

Now the Windows giant has said: "We heard that customers don't want Office 365 ProPlus to change search defaults without an opt-in, and they need a way to govern these changes on unmanaged devices." Therefore, "the Microsoft Search in Bing browser extension will not be automatically deployed with Office 365 ProPlus."

Instead, there will be an option in the Microsoft 365 admin center where "administrators will be able to opt in to deploy the browser extension to their organization through Office 365 ProPlus". The fact that this says administrators rather than users means that some may still get a surprise change, though Microsoft added: "We will continue to provide end users who receive the extension with control over their search engine preference."

Another tweak is that "in the near term" the extension will only be deployed to devices joined to an Active Directory domain, ensuring that users who work on their own computers will not be affected. The company is promising a plan for these "unmanaged devices" in future.

The changes are such that delivery of the search extension is being delayed for an unspecified time.

The problem from Microsoft's perspective remains: how will the company deliver on its ideas about integrating internal and external search if users insist on using other search engines? The short answer is that it should make its product sufficiently compelling that users willingly make the change. There are also other ways to search in Windows 10 (such as in the Start menu) which bypass the default search engine in the browser.

While the change of mind will be welcomed, what is surprising is that Microsoft ever thought it could change search defaults in this aggressive manner without strong opposition. ®


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Computers/Internet; Hobbies
KEYWORDS: bing; internet; microsoft; office365; windowspinglist
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As a sysadmin for a small business who just loaded up on Office365 Pro Plus, this is good news.
1 posted on 02/12/2020 7:15:23 AM PST by dayglored
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To: Abby4116; afraidfortherepublic; aft_lizard; AF_Blue; AppyPappy; arnoldc1; ATOMIC_PUNK; bajabaja; ...
So maybe that wasn't such a great idea ... PING!

You can find all the Windows Ping list threads with FR search: just search on keyword "windowspinglist".

2 posted on 02/12/2020 7:16:07 AM PST by dayglored ("Listen. Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government."`)
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To: dayglored

Wow...”integrates web search with results from internal business data stored in Office 365.”

Just what I want...Microsoft deciding how to “integrate” web search results with my own private business data stored in MS products. As if I trust them to do that.


3 posted on 02/12/2020 7:19:54 AM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: dayglored

bing can’t find its way out of a one door room.


4 posted on 02/12/2020 7:20:00 AM PST by ealgeone
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To: dayglored

I like the Bing daily wallpaper images on their homepage, but their leftist news headlines are off putting. In the address bar, my default search engine is Duck Duck go. I keep the Bing search bar on the homepage in case I am looking for a different result, particularly images.


5 posted on 02/12/2020 7:20:05 AM PST by Sans-Culotte (With every passing day, I am a little bit gladder that Romney lost in 2012.)
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To: dayglored

I use Bing and feel it is not as politically biased as google search. I use Bing for 90% of searches and resort to google for the really tough ones.


6 posted on 02/12/2020 7:20:54 AM PST by dennisw
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To: dayglored
Microsoft has U-turned on plans to automatically switch browser search defaults to Bing when users install Office 365 Pro Plus.

I can't believe anyone at Microsoft ever thought this was a good idea - if there's one thing guaranteed to infuriate enterprise IT departments, it's the promise of thousands of their corporate users filing support tickets over jack-assery like this.
7 posted on 02/12/2020 7:22:05 AM PST by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: dayglored

It is a good move by Microsoft.

I enjoy and use Bing as my default browser on both PC and mobile, but Office 365 should not automatically switch without asking.


8 posted on 02/12/2020 7:23:04 AM PST by Erik Latranyi (The Democratic Party is communism)
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To: dayglored

I actually like Bing...better pictures.

But DuckDuck go is my search engine


9 posted on 02/12/2020 7:24:28 AM PST by SueRae (An administration like no other.)
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To: dayglored

The absolute first thing I do with a new browser or new computer is set the default search engine to Duck Duck Go.


10 posted on 02/12/2020 7:25:52 AM PST by circlecity
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To: AnotherUnixGeek
I can't believe anyone at Microsoft ever thought this was a good idea - if there's one thing guaranteed to infuriate enterprise IT departments, it's the promise of thousands of their corporate users filing support tickets over jack-assery like this.

Sometimes I wonder if Microsoft employees actually work for a company that uses Microsoft products. I often have my doubts.
11 posted on 02/12/2020 7:27:22 AM PST by chrisser
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To: dayglored

When are they also going to stop shoving Bing and Edge down the throat of every Windows 10 user?


12 posted on 02/12/2020 7:28:10 AM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: dayglored
Actually I prefer Bing to Google. It doesn't force me where I don't want to go, the splashscreen's are great.

But I prefer Duck Duck Go above all.

13 posted on 02/12/2020 7:29:44 AM PST by DoodleBob (Gravity's waiting period is about 9.8 m/s^2)
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To: dayglored

I hate bing. It’s searches always show me a lot more graphical content, and fewer words/entries, and I hate that. I know how to freaking read.


14 posted on 02/12/2020 7:33:05 AM PST by Bruce Campbells Chin
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To: ealgeone

Bing works WAY better than any other search engine I’ve tried for cryptic crossword clues.


15 posted on 02/12/2020 7:34:54 AM PST by Don W (When blacks riot, neighbourhoods and cities burn. When whites riot, nations and continents burn.)
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To: dayglored

I’m staying w/ Office 2007 on Win-7 Pro x64. Office 365 wanted to take over my computer, so I uninstalled it.


16 posted on 02/12/2020 7:42:48 AM PST by carriage_hill (A society grows great when old men plant trees, in whose shade they know they will never sit.)
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To: dayglored

I use it instead of Google, except I use google maps.


17 posted on 02/12/2020 8:03:48 AM PST by cuban leaf (The political war playing out in every country now: Globalists vs Nationalists)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

Do I remember correctly?

Back in the day it was possible to get a Google version to catalog/index my own content on my computer, then do searches.

I never did it. But sometimes think it would be useful for my terabytes of stuff.

Is this still possible? Is it necessary?


18 posted on 02/12/2020 8:11:50 AM PST by Scrambler Bob (This is not /s. It is just as viable as any MSM 'information', maybe more so!)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom
As if I trust them to do that.

Maybe you would feel better if Microsoft software would make some of those tough business decisions for you? It wouldn't even bother you with what it's doing until everything is finished! You would have more time for the family and your other interests!

19 posted on 02/12/2020 9:27:53 AM PST by Right Wing Assault (Kill-googl,TWTR,FCBK,NYT,WaPo,Hwd,CNN,NFL,BLM,CAIR,Antfa,SPLC,ESPN,NPR,NBA,ARP)
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To: dayglored

Wassamadda wid BING? I’ve used it since I stopped Googling.


20 posted on 02/12/2020 9:42:22 AM PST by JimRed ( TERM LIMITS, NOW! Build the Wall Faster! TRUTH is the new HATE SPEECH.)
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