- Microsoft has launched an AI-powered Bing search engine and a new version of Edge web browser that integrates AI technologies.
- Web users can use the new browser to do things like summarise search results and interact with AI chatbots to get answers to their questions, among other things.
- It came just a day after Google announced Bard, its ChatGPT rival. Also, a select group began receiving access to the full version of the new Bing yesterday, Tuesday, February 7, 2023.
According to Microsoft, this version of Bing will provide better search, more complete answers, a new chat experience, and the ability to generate content.
It allows users to type queries in conversational language and receive both traditional search results and answers to questions on the same page.
The new Bing experience is now available, but it is still somewhat limited. To get the full experience, you must join the waitlist.
When you search for facts the search engine knows the answer to, Microsoft will display these ChatGPT-based results in a box on the right side of the search results page in the new Bing.
The Bing chat interface is now available on the right-side panel of Edge, making it easier for users to navigate without having to go to Bing.
The new Bing now includes a chat button in its toolbar, which takes you to a ChatGPT-like conversational experience.
Interestingly, while the ChatGPT bot was trained using data up to 2021, Bing's version is much more up-to-date and can handle queries about more recent events.
Further, Microsoft has updated its Edge browser with an AI-powered copilot. The Edge has a new look, rounded corners, and a fluid user interface.
An AI chatbot is available in a sidebar in Edge and includes two functionalities at launch — chat and compose — which you can combine to summarise lengthy web content, run comparisons, or even create content.
Bing also cites and links to its sources in a "learn more" section at the end of its answers. Every result will have a feedback option.
Moreover, Microsoft isn’t phasing out link-focused Bing. You can still use it as before; it’s only enhanced with AI.
According to Satya Nadella, Microsoft Chairman and CEO, “AI will fundamentally change every software category, starting with the largest category of all – search.”