Microsoft Launches ChatGPT-Powered Bing
Microsoft has announced the launch of a new AI-powered Bing search engine and Edge browser powered to help people get more from search and the web.
“Today, we’re launching a new, AI-powered Bing search engine and Edge browser, available in preview now at Bing.com, to deliver better search, more complete answers, a new chat experience and the ability to generate content. We think of these tools as an AI copilot for the web,” CEO Satya Nadella said on Tuesday.
According to Nadella, the new OpenAI’s ChatGPT-powered Bing is faster, more accurate and more capable and will empower users to do more because, “There are 10 billion search queries a day, but we estimate half of them go unanswered. That’s because people are using search to do things it wasn’t originally designed to do. It’s great for finding a website, but for more complex questions or tasks too often it falls short.”
Microsoft revealed the new Bing is running on a new, next-generation OpenAI large language model that is more powerful than ChatGPT and customized specifically for search. It takes key learnings and advancements from ChatGPT and GPT-3.5.
The new Bing is available for users in a limited preview on desktop, and you can visit Bing.com today to try sample queries and sign up for the waitlist. Microsoft is going to scale the preview to millions in the coming weeks. A mobile experience will also be in preview soon.
Microsoft also updated the Edge browser with new AI capabilities and a new look and added two new functionalities: Chat and compose. Edge browser now comes with a sidebar and a chat function that allows users to perform various tasks summarize a lengthy report and compose content such as a social media post.
The new AI-powered Bing comes barely a day after its rival Google announced that it will release its AI-powered chatbot Bard to the public in the coming weeks.
Sundar Pichai, Google and Alphabet CEO announced in a blog post that the tech giant is opening Bard for testers ahead of rolling it out to the wider public. “Two years ago, we unveiled next-generation language and conversation capabilities powered by our Language Model for Dialogue Applications (or LaMDA for short). We’ve been working on an experimental conversational AI service, powered by LaMDA, that we’re calling Bard. And today, we’re taking another step forward by opening it up to trusted testers ahead of making it more widely available to the public in the coming weeks.”
Microsoft and Google are in fierce competition in the large-scale rollout of AI-aided products with the former appearing to take the lead.