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Avoid Microsoft from making Bing the default search engine in Chrome

As you may know, Microsoft is going to push Bing as a standard search engine in Chrome (not in Edge Chromium) halfway through this month. They do this because of the Office functionalities of bing, for example finding team messages etc.
This is done with a Chrome extension, which comes with the monthly Office update.
The comment is mainly that this approach resembles malware.
 
 
There have (in my opinion rightfully) been a lot of blowback.

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/deployoffice/microsoft-search-bing#how-to-remove-the-extension-after-its-been-installed

You can both find how to prevent it from installing, and how to uninstall it.

There is some info on how to prevent it from installing in Intune, however the full solution (a toggle) will be published around February 24th, which is quite late.
In the meantime there is a workarround, you can also manually adjust the XML in Intune, as stated in the article.
For Config Manager, the toggle is already included in the latest update.
 
If the extension is already installed, then the extension can also be switched off using the ADMX for Office 2016+ (update at the end of January) and also with the help of a single command-line utility that is installed (which you can invoke using Intune/Config Manager.

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User interaction script for SCCM

This script (made by me) allows you to use user-interaction to notify your users about an installation or update of software.
It also allows you to push an installation (with administrator priviliges), while still including the user in the process.

If there is no interaction within 20 seconds per notification, it will go on.

You can also specify a process to check, and notify the user that the application needs to be closed to continue the installation (if the process is running off course).
It will re-check every 20 seconds, but will not continue until the process is closed.

This means that if the user isn’t behind his/her desk, and nothing conflicting is running, it will continue.
This makes the process of installing and updating software a lot more user friendly, but will not compromise compliance.

Download from Technet