Microsoft: OK, Maybe We Won’t Hijack the Default Search in Chrome

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Microsoft will no longer bundle a Google Chrome extension with its Office 365 ProPlus installer, the company announced, allowing businesses to continue to use the existing search engine in the browser.

Originally, Microsoft revealed last month that the Office 365 installer for ProPlus subscribers would include a so-called Microsoft Search Chrome Extension that automatically change the default search engine in the browser to Bing.
But following public backlash, Microsoft says it’s giving up on this idea, so the search extension would no longer launch this month in first wave of countries supposed to get it, including the United States, the UK, Australia, and Canada.

“We’ve also heard concerns about the way we were planning to roll this value out. Most importantly, 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,” the Office 365 team says in an <a href=… (read more)
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