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Microsoft launches new Bing and Edge browser powered by upgraded ChatGPT AI

By Ken Wong - on 8 Feb 2023, 7:18am

Microsoft launches Bing and Edge browser powered by upgraded ChatGPT AI

Image source: Microsoft.

We sometimes forget that Microsoft has a search engine. But Bing may just have gotten the shot in its arm that it needed to stand out with the company announcing plans to launch a new version of Bing that is powered by a new, next-generation OpenAI large language model that is more powerful than ChatGPT and customised specifically for search.

This move by Microsoft comes on the heels of Google launching their ChatGPT alternative Bard.

Underlying this is what the company calls the Microsoft Prometheus model. This is a new proprietary way of working with the OpenAI model that allows them to best leverage its power for more relevant, timely and targeted results, with improved safety.

You can now verbally ask Bing for recommendations. Image source: Microsoft.

The new Bing gives users access to a chat function and an expanded search bar that allows users to input up to a thousand characters. You can ask it things like, “My anniversary is coming up in September, help me plan a trip somewhere fun in Europe, leaving from London.” And receive a response.

You can now verbally create a post for your social media using AI. Image source: Microsoft.

In addition to the new Bing, Microsoft is launching two new AI-enhanced features Chat and Compose for its Edge browser. These will be embedded within Edge’s sidebar so you can ask it to do tasks like compose things like a text, email, to a post for your social media. After that, you can ask it to help you update the tone, format and length of the post. Edge can understand the web page you’re on and adapts accordingly.

Microsoft said that everyone can visit today to try sample queries and sign up for the waitlist while they prepare to scale the preview to millions in the coming weeks. They added that a mobile experience would also be made available soon.

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