Microsoft today announced the release of new preview versions of the Bing and Edge mobile apps that include features like voice search and, more importantly, access to an artificial intelligence chatbot. New trial versions of applications are already available for iOS and Android. Microsoft also announced the arrival of Bing with artificial intelligence in the telecom platform Skype.
In the mobile app, the user simply taps the Bing icon to start a chat session with the bot, where they can ask various questions via text or voice. Responses can be bulleted, simplified, or in traditional text format. Users can also access Bing updates from the Edge mobile app home page, Microsoft said.
Microsoft also introduced Bing for AI-powered Skype. Users can use Microsoft’s artificial intelligence in group chats and ask it questions. The chatbot provides answers for the whole group. For example, you can ask Bing to recommend a trip, ask about the weather, or recent award shows. Similar to the Bing mobile app, responses can be bulleted, simple, or in text format. Bing on Skype is in preview worldwide.
On February 7th, Microsoft held an event at its headquarters in Redmond, Washington and announced AI-powered updates to the Bing search engine and Edge browser. Updates were originally released for desktops in limited requirements preview mode.
CEO Satya Nadella claims that AI-powered search is the biggest thing that has happened to his company in his nine years at the helm. “I haven’t seen anything like this since 2007-2008, when cloud computing first appeared.”he said.