August 9, 2023
At a Glance
- Microsoft Bing is opening up to third-party web browsers, among other updates to its AI-powered search engine.
Microsoft is adding more AI capabilities into its Bing search engine.
For starters, Bing is opening up access to third-party web browsers. Users will soon be able to access Bing’s AI offerings including the chatbot and image generator in their preferred browser.
Microsoft’s chatbot is already accessible for select Chrome and Safari users, though Microsoft’s blog post announcing the wider expansion failed to mention what specific browsers Bing AI would be available on.
Microsoft is also trying to make search more visual, by letting users input into Bing Chat with images as well as text. Bing Chat can understand the context of an image, interpret it and answer questions about it.
Bing Chat is also getting a Dark Mode – where the interface becomes dark. It’s meant to be easier on the eyes and saves battery. Microsoft said Dark Mode for Bing Chat was a “top requested feature” among users.
Microsoft is also working on building plug-ins for Bing Chat as well as further refinements to experiences.
Earlier this year, Microsoft integrated AI into its Bing search engine. Since then, the company has used AI to create a conversational search experience in Bing and Skype and developed a dedicated AI chatbot app for mobile.
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