Disable “Microsoft Search in Bing” from Office 365 ProPlus Intune installations

Update 12-2-2020
After many negative reactions, Microsoft are reversing their decision to enable Bing Search by default in Google Chrome for Office ProPlus users. Now, the Microsoft Search extension won’t be deployed by default, admins will have to opt-in, and it will only affect AD joined devices.

Starting with Version 2002 of Office 365 ProPlus, an extension for Microsoft Search in Bing will be installed that makes Bing the default search engine for the Google Chrome web browser.
I can understand that you don’t want this, because it can be very confusing to your end users. Also Bing is not the most preferable search engine in the EU.

Currently Microsoft will be pushing out this extension with the following schedule:

Update channelVersionRelease date
Monthly Channel (Targeted)Version 2002Middle of February 2020
MonthlyVersion 2002Early March 2020
Semi-Annual (Targeted)To be determinedMarch 10, 2020
Semi-AnnualTo be determinedJuly 14, 2020

This will only be installed on devices in the following locations. Based on IP:
Australia, Canada, France, Gemany, India, United Kingdom, United States.
They might add other countries to the list in the future.

How to disable the extention?

You can disable the extension with Microsoft Intune in two ways.
1. By using the XML configuration method.
2. By using the configuration designer

XML Configuration Method
You can generate an XML trough https://config.office.com or you can build one yourself.

  1. Open a browser and go the Microsoft Endpoint Manager
  2. Click [Apps]
  3. Go to [All Apps]
  4. [Add] a new app / or edit your existing Office 365 ProPlus application
  5. make sure that [Enter XML data] is selected under Settings format
  6. Make sure to add the following line to the XML:
    <ExcludeApp ID="Bing" />
Full Example

<Configuration>
  <Add OfficeClientEdition="64" Channel="Broad" MigrateArch="TRUE">
    <Product ID="O365ProPlusRetail">
      <Language ID="MatchOS" />
      <ExcludeApp ID="Groove" />
      <ExcludeApp ID="OneNote" />
      <ExcludeApp ID="Bing" />
    </Product>
  </Add>
  <Property Name="SharedComputerLicensing" Value="0" />
</Configuration>

Configuration Designer method

If you’re deploying Office 365 ProPlus by using the configuration designer. You can use the following method:

  1. Open a browser and go the Microsoft Endpoint Manager
  2. Click [Apps]
  3. Go to [All Apps]
  4. [Add] a new app / or edit your existing Office 365 ProPlus application
  5. Go the the [Configure App Suite] pane
  6. Clear the checkbox on Set default search engine to Microsoft Search in Bing

Note: This might not be available in your tentant yet. It is expected in February 2020.

Good luck on making those changes.

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