Almost three months after the launch of the AI-enabled search engine Bing based on the chatbot ChatGPT, Microsoft is making a preview available to all users. There is only one limitation: you must sign in with your Microsoft account via the Edge browser.
The move underscores Microsoft’s commitment to moving the product forward, though the artificial intelligence (AI) technology behind it has raised concerns about inaccuracies and over-emotionality.
Microsoft is also significantly modernizing Bing Chat, adding many new features and even supporting third-party plugins. For example, without leaving the chat, you can book tables in a restaurant through OpenTable or ask the bot to start playing an interesting movie through Apple TV. Microsoft promises to reveal more at its Build conference later this month.
The next step is to search for images and videos directly in Bing Chat. Soon it will be possible to request photos or videos of objects, animals, places and more. Microsoft is also expanding the Bing Image Creator to more than 100 languages, which will surely make it easier to use for a wider range of users.
Microsoft is also adding a much-requested feature to Bing Chat: history. First, the chat history is automatically fetched from all your devices. Second, when you open a link from a Bing chat response in Edge, the chat automatically moves to the sidebar so you can continue interacting with the bot while browsing the site and asking contextual questions. Mobile Edge will also get this feature soon. And third, the history of previous chat sessions can feed into the bot’s replies to new conversations.
According to Yusuf Mehdi, Microsoft vice president responsible for AI initiatives, more than 100 million active users visit Bing every day. Their number has increased significantly in recent months. Google, which has long dominated the search engine market, cannot boast of the success of its variant of the AI assistant Bard.
“We believe this project will fundamentally change search and empower search developersMedi says. — We look forward to sharing more details at Microsoft Build later this month.“.
All of Microsoft’s new Bing announcements come just a week ahead of Google’s annual I/O developer conference. We’re expected to learn more about Google’s AI efforts in search.