MC201872 – UPDATED: New Feature: Office 365 ProPlus, changes to browser default search engine (archived)

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UPDATE as of February 11, 2020: On January 22, 2020 we ''>announced that the Microsoft Search in Bing browser extension would be made available through Office 365 ProPlus on Windows devices starting at the end of February. To those of you who provided feedback, thank you for taking the time to share your opinions! Based on your input, we are adjusting our approach to better address the concerns that were raised about managing the rollout. Please note the following changes to the plan: The Microsoft Search in Bing browser extension will not be automatically deployed with Office 365 ProPlus. Through a new toggle in the Microsoft 365 admin center, administrators will be able to opt in to deploy the browser extension to their organization through Office 365 ProPlus. In the near term, Office 365 ProPlus will only deploy the browser extension to AD-joined devices, even within organizations that have opted in. In the future we will add specific settings to govern the deployment of the extension to unmanaged devices. We will continue to provide end users who receive the extension with control over their search engine preference. Due to these changes, the Microsoft Search in Bing extension will not ship with Version 2002 of Office 365 ProPlus. We will deliver a new Message center post once a revised launch date has been determined, and that post will include details on the admin controls that will be available prior to launch. For additional information, please see ''>this blog which will also be updated as plans are announced. Thank you again for your feedback, and please continue to share your input with us through Message center feedback. ***Original Message center post below for reference*** Beginning with Version 2002 of Office 365 ProPlus, Microsoft will install a browser extension that makes Bing the default search engine for Google Chrome, providing the benefits of Microsoft Search in the browser to those end users. This browser extension is scheduled to be available in Monthly Channel (Targeted) in February 2020. It is expected to be released to Monthly Channel in early March 2020. It will be included in the upcoming releases for Semi-Channel (Targeted) and Semi-Annual Channel. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 59917. Note: This change only applies to devices in certain locations, based on the IP address of the device. At this time, countries include Australia, Canada, France, Germany, India, the United Kingdom, and the United States. As we add locations, we will notify you through Message Center.

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