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Bing as Default Search Engine in Opera 26

  • Thanks for sharing @candytaco.
    I'll follow up this issue internally and won't stop unless

    1. Bing is back in default list
    2. There's a way to make custom search engines default or
    3. There is an explanation as to why this has been done and why it can't be brought back

    Promised. (Don't question this if I'm not right back with you. Things sometimes take a bit longer... :wait:)

  • Glad I'm not the only one who takes issue with this.

    So thanks for following up with this internally, christoph!

    And thank you for the in-the-mean-time fix, candytaco!

  • This is the very reason why I logged in for the first time in a year or more. Please, stop with the small steps forward and massive steps backwards thing.

  • There's a way to make custom search engines default

    I don't believe that will change. What would be useful is put a configuration to change the search engine of speed dial search bar hided by Konami code.

  • Thanks for that, candytaco. That's enough to keep me from uninstalling for the moment, at least.

  • Thanks candytaco!

  • The defaultpartnercontent swap worked for me! It still is strange for Bing to just get dropped off like that without any explanation, though. I assume it was a fluke, but who knows?

  • I believe they dropped Bing because it was doing browser sniffing.

  • I believe they dropped Bing because it was doing browser sniffing.

    Most sites/services browser-sniff to some extent - that's how they usually tailor a page display to fit a browser brand/version's unique behavior. It's only when a site does something unacceptable with the sniffing that it would matter.

  • I believe they dropped Bing because it was doing browser sniffing.

    Heh, definitely not. It wasn't even near a major issue.

    My hypothesis: the Bing search engine inclusion deal Opera Software had with Microsoft just expired and MS decided to not renew or pay the value Opera was asking for it. Opera then replaced it with DuckDuckGo either because they made a deal with them or by "philanthropy".

  • Adding my name to the list of Opera users wishing to set Bing as the default search engine. Thank you.

  • Bing pays you to use it, given, only a little bit at a time, but it still adds up to a little bit after a while rather than nothing with other browsers. Sorry Opera, let me know when you're not gonna hassle my ability to get those points and I'll be back on board. Love the browser otherwise, but this is a dealbreaker for many who like free money.

  • Dear Opera,

    You have two more days to return me Bing as my default browser or you will be removed...

  • Can you please add Bing back as default search! I am moving back to Firefox if you guys don't. Duckduckgo doesn't make any sense.

  • You have two more days to return me Bing as my default browser or you will be removed...

    It's weekend. You can uninstall it right now then.

  • You have two more days to return me Bing as my default browser or you will be removed...

    It's weekend. You can uninstall it right now then.

    Ahh... but that would eliminate all the "countdown" drama. 😉

  • I prefer DuckDuckGo as a default (am happy that Opera has done that), but I do like Bing also, as a backup. It's not my number 1 choice, but it is useful, and I prefer it to Google. Not quite sure why the either/or approach (DuckDuckGo or Bing). Anyway, I added Bing as another search engine, that you can access by typing the letter in front/ in my case, a "b."

  • I don't know why they did this, but they need to fix it, stat. Put the Bing stuff back. I shouldn't have to customize my browser to have the options that used to be built in. I want Bing back in the default list, now. This was a dumb thing to do. Fix it, Opera.

  • This is beyond ridiculous. Users shouldn’t have to tamper with configuration files (default_partner_content.json) file to get back Bing.

  • I will be leaving as well (User since Opera 10) if Bing is not restored. Every change since 12 has can hardly be called a correct one and the degradation of the final feature I came to Opera for is unacceptable. You have taken my speed dial, my search customization, my mail, my irc and series of other features.

    You have until Friday night to remedy this (patch downloaded to my PC). That should be ample time to both develop and test the return of a search engine.

    I will no longer recommend Opera as a result of this, no matter the resolution of this. Such poor product management deserves anger.

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