Do not force push bing as the default search engine
Do not force push bing as the default search engine. This is what mal-ware does, not what you expect from your office suite.
Thank you for your feedback on Roadmap ID 59917. Based on customer feedback we’re making some changes to how this feature will roll out
For more information see this article: https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/office-365-blog/update-to-microsoft-search-in-bing-through-office-365-proplus/ba-p/1161030
Yuri Futanari commented
I found a browser extension that should 100% block it. It is called noscript, it is compatible with Chrome, Brave [falsely rebranded, so called 'private' version of Chrome, allegedly hosted by Mozilla, a real bunch of crap it seems], and Firefox, possibly others.
This is the home site, https://noscript.net/
This is the web store link for direct installation https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/noscript/doojmbjmlfjjnbmnoijecmcbfeoakpjm?hl=en
It worked for me instantly without even having to set up a 'do not trust' command. (~_^)-b
I hate Bing. Every time it opens, I am forced to "win a prize." Sure, right. As if. All that does is hack my browser. As soon as I am able, I will go back to Mac. You ruined Windows for me. I hate Bing. Worst browser ever.
Surely this is an anti-competitive move and should be referred to competition regulation bodies within each jurisdiction? What are Google doing about it, as it is a clear attack on their search engine and Web browser market share, using Microsoft's dominance of the desktop OS market?
I'm sorry Microsoft but Bing sucks and I resent having it forced on me already. How dare you force it in a browser that you don't own? There is a reason why folks are using other browsers and search engines. Bing is just not as good as Google. If it were, you wouldn't have to force it on people because they'd already be using it. The only thing Bing really is good for is their support of the Seattle Seahawks, though fans of other teams may disagree.
Andrew Chandler commented
It's been reversed, with additional info on future controls and deployment options!
Alastair Sutherland commented
I feel like I'm about to 'tell my kids off' for doing something stupid that they just didn't think about before proceding ...
Wow Microsoft, just wow
Braxton Moore commented
Wow. We recently switched from G Suite to Office 365. I think I made a mistake. Didn't know I'd be dealing with stuff like this.
I will be calling our account rep and letting them know how much we disapprove of this "feature". Thank you, Microsoft, for proving you haven't really changed.
My favorite take on this situation was a comment on an Ars Technica article...
"Who does Microsoft think they are? Microsoft?"
Why dictate the default search engine??? Users have different needs and preferences. Users need to have the freedom to chose what fits their need best, not what a corporation thinks is the best.
Microsoft is pathetic
Chris Quinn commented
This makes Microsoft seem desperate and petty. It is just the type of Monopolistic behavior that the public believes they already do. If MS pushes forward with this I would expect that the outrage from the general public will be felt and I could honestly see another lawsuit in the works. Interesting enough they are not doing this to the EU....I wonder why?
Arvin Ewing commented
If Microsoft hijacks Chrome, I would suggest submitting the extension as PUP malware to your antivirus vendor.
Bing is a mediocre search engine, Google dropped their Desktop Search app years ago due to vulnerabilities.
I suppose Candy Crush and Bing celebrity gossip feeds will pop up all over Windows, how about the Action Center, Clock, hech why not Defender while they're at it?
Dave Edenborough commented
Micro$oft is back
Dave Edenborough commented
Why would you trust Microsoft anymore. Untrustworthy and unworthy.
Please reconsider the decision to push Bing as the default search engine. This is not a good decision on Microsoft's part, and is causing quite a bit of consternation/issues in our environment. This is not something that should be forced on existing users, and it is also not appropriate for this type of change to be rolled out as part of an Office ProPlus update when it has nothing to do with ProPlus.
Please do not create an asinine workload for my industry by pushing this malware out. If you think your typical user is nimble enough to dodge this then you are highly mistaken.
This will only cause 90% of the Office user-base to scream "you sold us a malicious product that broke our 'Google'!"
Just when I thought Microsoft was turning a new leaf, with all of the open source integration, etc., more BS comes out and some bigwig decides to force the absolute worst search engine ever to exist on people, mostly unknowingly, and it is completely unacceptable Just when I thought Microsoft was turning a new leaf, with all of the open source integration, etc., more bullshit comes out and some bigwig decides to force the absolute worst search engine ever to exist on people, mostly unknowingly, and it is completely unacceptable Especially when you consider this is for pro plus and higher subscribers! I could understand, not really, but as an example, for free accounts using Microsoft mail or a entry-level office subscription but this type of thing is what makes people despise Microsoft. You guys really need to rethink your decision making process.
Honestly, I cannot think of a more stupid, intrusive, completely ignorant of the will of the vast majority of people's opinions.
I run a company with over 5000 E5 subscriptions and I guarantee, if MS keeps their attitude going in this direction, I WILL find alternative products and dump M$ completely!
Are you serious? I feel like I'm battling browser hijackers on a Windows 98 machine again. I have > 25000 workstations and since I can't trust the Bing search, it will be blocked for all clients. However good Bing internally is going to be, you've immediately planted a seed of doubt. 365 is great, but this idea is the kind of thing that ruins years of positive work.
Randy Stills commented
Never trust Microsoft again. We were tricked
Microsoft is installing Malware onto it's customers computers. Browser Hijacking is definitely Malware.
An absolute disdain for the customer. Exactly the sort of move that pushes customers to investigate other platforms, wherever and whenever possible. I look forward to all the extra support calls. *&*^&^%^&**((*&$#$%