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Google can now be set as the default search engine in Microsoft Edge

Google can now be set as the default search engine in Microsoft Edge

by AshwinJuly 15, 2015

Windows 10 users, we have some good news for you.


Microsoft has announced that users of its upcoming operating system, can now set Google as the default search engine in the new browser, Microsoft Edge.

If you aren’t already aware, Edge uses the Redmond company’s own search provider service, Microsoft Bing, as the default search engine. It wasn’t until recently that Microsoft allowed users to change the search engine in the browser.

To be more precise, it was Windows 10 Build 10158, which was released at the end of last month, which introduced the feature. But Google wasn’t supported in it. Microsoft Edge uses the OpenSearch technology, which allows for search service providers to offer to change your browser’s search engine.

How to change the default search engine in Microsoft Edge:

Visit any search engine’s homepage, and you will notice a small banner which offers to change your default search engine.

  1. Click on it, and then navigate to Microsoft Edge’s Settings > Advanced Settings.
  2. Select the option which says “Search in the address bar with” and then, click on the “Add New” option.
  3. Select the search engine which you wish to switch to, and then click on “Add as Default”.

Google recently added support for OpenSearch 1.1, which allows the service to be used in Microsoft Edge. This comes as a huge surprise, considering that there is not an official version of Google Chrome for Windows Phone. This is because the company sees the Microsoft Mobile operating system as a rival for its own Android Platform.

So why exactly did Google join OpenSearch?

Microsoft News reports that Twitter, and YouTube already support OpenSearch.

Its business as usual for the Mountain View company. Google is well aware of the fact that there are over 5 Million users who are part of the Windows Insider Program. That number will multiply greatly once Windows 10 is released in a fortnight from now, on July 29th.

The more number of users Google has, the more revenue it makes. The company also knows that Microsoft Edge is an excellent browser, which has the potential to dethrone Google Chrome’s domination as the World’s most popular browser. So, it needs to forget rivalries, and needs to act fast to try and attract existing users, to continue using its search engine, even if they switch to the new browser in Windows 10.

If it didn’t, users may have switched to Microsoft Bing, or Yahoo, or DuckDuckGo, which would have impacted the company’s revenue severely.

Note: Google is slowly rolling out the change. So it may be a while before you can change your search engine to Google in Microsoft Edge.