Microsoft Caught Adding Bing Search Through Outlook on Android

Joanna Estrada
July 14, 2020

Recently, in another attempt to promote Bing, Microsoft has quietly added the ability to perform Bing search in Outlook app on Android.

According to a post on the Pixel Phone Help page, a long press on Outlook will now bring up a trio of options for the user including one that includes a Bing search on the text being highlighted. Even though this is a legitimate Android feature that Microsoft is using to its advantage here, asking a user to run a Bing search on a device without the Bing app installed might be considered as unseemly as begging for change at a red light. This is certainly happening this time as well as some users were rather left disappointed by Microsoft's decision to promote Bing and said they had to uninstall Outlook from their Android phone to get rid of this new feature. Not only that, but you'll also need to set the Edge browser as your default browser and will also need to sign in.

"Play My Emails" first arrived on the iOS app in November of previous year, and at the time, Microsoft only promised that it would be available on Android sometime in 2020. But oftentimes the company's clever tactics to promote some of its not-so-popular services get significant pushback from the tech enthusiasts.

Some users have successfully removed the Bing Search option by reinstalling the Outlook app.

Add a personal calendar to your work account: The web client will make it easy to see both your work and personal calendars in the same place, and the times allocated to personal events will show you as busy when coworkers want to coworkers want to schedule a meeting with you.

Microsoft's Bing is arguably the least favorite child in the world of search engines, but the company has no plans of giving in.

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