Microsoft: Bing Chat (soon) also available via Chrome or Safari

Three months after its launch, Microsoft’s ChatGPT variant in Bing is transitioning from closed to open preview. This means that everyone can now use the chat search, and users no longer have to wait in the queue for activation. The group is also announcing new functions.

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Microsoft’s goal is to make search more visual, according to a blog post that summarizes what’s new. Instead of just text, the chatbot will in future increasingly supplement the search results with images and videos – including diagrams and graphics. The chatbot will soon receive the multimedia extension. Image output via the Image Creator, which is based on OpenAI’s Dall-E model, was integrated a few weeks ago.

Microsoft will also integrate chat histories into Edge in the future. In this way, users can pick up old sessions again or run several in parallel. It should also be possible in the future to share and export chat sessions. The ability to summarize long documents such as PDFs and web pages is also improved. With the “Edge actions” a feature is added to complete tasks in fewer steps by improving the interaction between Sidebar and Bing. In addition, Bing and Edge are to become a platform in the future that offers interfaces for third-party providers. With ChatGPT these are the plugins.

Anyone who is logged into Bing with a Microsoft account can now use the search. However, it is still a test version and reference is still made to problems such as the output of incorrect information.

Bing Chat: AI integration is progressing

Microsoft uses OpenAI’s GPT-4 language model as a basis, compared to ChatGPT, the chat search in Bing can also retrieve up-to-date information. Bing shows, for example, that Prince Charles will be crowned king this weekend. ChatGPT is as of September 2021.

Since the launch of Bing Chat, the browser has more than 100 million daily active users, and more than half a billion chats have been held in the first 90 days. A success for Microsoft that even puts Google under pressure during development.

However, the current AI hype continues to be accompanied by criticism. Geoffrey Hinton’s resignation from Google recently caused a stir. With his groundbreaking research in the field of neural networks, he is one of the pioneers of the current AI boom. In an interview with the New York Times, he explained that he had given up his job in order to be able to speak freely about the risks of AI.

For him, the problem is that development is progressing much faster than he previously expected. ” It’s hard to see how to prevent bad actors from using [the generative AI tools] to do bad things,” Hinton said in the New York Times. These warnings are not new; the open letter demanding a six-month freeze on development was particularly well-known.

However, it is questionable how widespread these views are in the industry. ” In my view, the fear of a strong AI is not a majority opinion,” said IT professor Katharina Zweig from the TU Kaiserslautern to Der Spiegel. She sees – especially with a view to European politics – rather the concern of over-regulation.

This “browser constraint” should not remain permanent, however, explained a Microsoft spokesman when asked by ComputerBase. Accordingly, the Bing chat is only limited to the Edge browser in this preview phase. Other browsers will also support it in the future.

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Microsoft is now beginning to offer Bing Chat for additional browsers such as Chrome and Safari. The Verge reports, citing Windows Latest, who was the first to spot the expanded availability of Bing Chat. Microsoft’s head of communications, Caitlin Roulston, confirmed to The Verge that a test phase was beginning for selected users. As soon as the standard test procedure has been completed, more and more users should be given access.

In a test by the editors, Bing Chat was already available on Chrome. According to the reports, this cannot be generalized, it differs from user to user. The browser also determines how many characters are possible for a prompt entry: Edge has 4,000, Chrome only 2,000.

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