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Microsoft to Default Bing via Office 365 ProPlus Updates

This may come as a surprise to some, but believe it or not there are search engines available for use online other than Google. Despite Google maintaing such a monopoly on this that it’s name has become a verb (to ‘Google’ it), Microsoft still apparently hopes to get in on this action. Their search engine Bing is very pretty, with beautiful background images, but still came in a distant second to Google in popularity in the 2019 ratings.  Their plan will apply to Users of Office 365 ProPlus, initially just in Chrome but extending to Firefox as well: the strategy is that updates of Office 365 ProPlus will set your default internet search engine to Bing rather than Google. This is easy to override but my prediction is that most people won’t bother, especially after the second or third update. None-the-less, here’s how to change your default search engine in Chrome and Firefox:


Click on the 3 little dots in the top right, under the X. Select Settings, select Search Engine from the left side menu. Use the drop down menu to select your default search engine.


Again, click on the three little lines in the upper right corner. Select Options, go to the Search section. Choose your preferred search engine from the drop down menu.

You could also set your preferred search engine as your internet browser home page, or save it as a bookmark in either browser. I suggest that you have a play around in your browser’s Settings/ Options menu if you haven’t already done so. We often get questions about the internet behaving strangely, the solution to which can frequently be found in the browser settings menu. We also recommend that you choose Chrome then Firefox for accessing the internet – we’ve found Edge to be problematic to use.

If you have any questions about your internet browser settings please feel free to give me a call or an email – I’d be happy to help:

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