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
This is malware behavior. Plain and simple. No you don't get a pass for providing an opt-out mechanism.
Glen Martin commented
Do the powers that be at MS not remember getting into trouble for this sort of thing in the past?
Even for Microsoft this is a pretty transparently needy and greedy looking move.
By all means please do NOT make this enabled by default.... C'mon MS!!!!
Alan F commented
I can't believe Microsoft would be forcing this type of change on customers, especially enterprises. Are they living in an ivory tower without any understanding of the impact to customers? I agree with the other comments. This should definitely be an optional opt-in feature.
Please do NOT force this.
Rob Foster commented
Our students will be furious and/or stressed, especially if this rolls out during mid-terms or exams when changes can cause chaos. In this era of BYOD we have no control over their computing devices and this action violates their rights to control of their own systems.
Our service desk will be overwhelmed. This is a hugely inappropriate action on the part of Microsoft.
Vladimir Gabrielescu commented
It is beyond the pale. I secretly wish there is a betting pool inside microsoft of who can come up with the idea that will create most user pushback and someone just won it.
Microsoft, do NOT do this.
Michael Macary commented
This should definitely be an opt-in kind of thing, not forced on people with no effective means of opting out.
Jeremy B commented
This one's announcement was like April Fool's came early, only Microsoft is serious. I'm (surprisingly) very surprised by this sudden announcement, even from Microsoft. It's overreaching by Microsoft by a long shot. Just because you integrate Bing with companies' internal information, doesn't mean it's anymore OK to force Bing onto anyone, especially not into 3rd party products. The people using Chrome are already showing signs of running away from your competing products. I would argue that the majority of Chrome users, prefer Google to Bing, so this change is only helping Microsoft, not those users who are using Chrome.
Horrendous move, not sure how it was allowed.
Scott Thomson commented
Seriously, is this an early April Fools joke? Or is there someone inside who misses the 90s era hate that *everyone* had for MS's business practices? You've spent the better part of 20 years rebuilding trust, to the point where only the most zealous haters use 'M$' ... and this is what you decide to do?
Here's the thing - the feature you are offering with user-centric results surfacing is actually neat! If only it was an opt-in, I would have tried it and if it was any good, I would have advocated for its use... now? Not a chance! This is abusive and you should know better.