Microsoft’s search engine, Bing, has a new extension for Google Chrome. Known as Microsoft Bing InPrivate, the fresh extension allows you to run private and anonymous Bing searches in Chrome without tying the data to your Microsoft account or device.
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— Microsoft Bing Dev (@MSBing_Dev) March 22, 2022
As you’d expect, once installed, the extension ensures three different things. First, your default search engine will be set to Bing, whenever the extension is turned on. You’ll also get anonymous searching, where Microsoft account sign-in is disabled, and your search history is omitted on Bing.com. Finally, you get one-click access to other privacy preferences in Chrome, like passwords, history, cookies, and more.
Interestingly enough, since Chrome extensions work fine on Edge, you can use this extension in Microsoft’s web browser, too. Yet, Edge blocks the install by default and requires you to manually enable, since it attempts to default swap search engines out. Otherwise speaking, the extension behaves just like it does on Chrome.
As of writing, this extension has 44 total users and one genetic five-star review from six days ago. However, Google Chrome already has an Incognito mode that users can toggle to get to Bing with similar functions to this extension. So, it is just another useful tool if you’re really conscious about your privacy and prefer to use Microsoft Bing.