Microsoft send out at least 54 emails a day about news, announcement of new features nobody asked for and a shitload of agreements you have to remember to sign by a certain date, even though you already have. But the one I received today had my jaw drop to the floor.
Here’s what the email said:
“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.”
Benefits of Microsoft Search? Listen Mickey$oft, Bing is a search engine that wouldn’t even be able to find itself, even if all other web sites in the world were shut down and un-indexed. Don’t you realise there’s a reason why people don’t use Bing? It sucks! Google search beats it hands down, in everything! Heck, all other search engines (yes, there are several) is better than Bing.
But instead of turning Bing into a decent search engine, you instead choose to force it down the users throats. And in such a way that if they don’t want it, they have turn it off. Or the administrator has to do it for them.
By the way: Isn’t Changing the selected search engine in the users browser from another company anti-competitive. It’s almost like the 90s called and wanted their lock-in policies back! Also: Changing the settings like that on the users computers is an invasion of privacy.
Intercourse you, Mickey$oft!