Two weeks ago, Microsoft launched an all new, AI-powered Bing search engine and Edge browser “to help people get more from search and the web.” Now, Bing AI Chatbot is available on mobile apps and Skype, along with some other exciting features, like voice input.
On mobile devices, both iOS and Android, Bing is available for selected users, on Microsoft’s Edge mobile browser and dedicated Bing app. “Because we know 64% of searches occur on mobile phones, we are releasing all new Bing and Edge mobile apps to serve as your copilot for the web even when you are away from your desktop,” said Microsoft. “With the introduction of the new Bing mobile app, we’re adding one of the preview community’s most requested features – voice. Available on mobile and on desktop, voice search provides more versatility in how you can deliver prompts and receive answers from Bing.”
In addition, the new AI-powered Bing is also integrated into Skype chat. It can be used to provide helpful, real-time answers to users’ questions, as a tool for generating ideas and inspiration or to enhance conversations within the group chat. The chatbot is “fluent in more than 100 languages, and capable of translating between them, so Bing can offer unique value to this global communications tool.” The company also wants to integrate the new feature into other communications apps, like Teams, in the future.
Meanwhile, Google, the industry leader in search engines, launched earlier this month its own AI tool, Bard, to rival ChatGPT. “We’ve been working on an experimental conversational AI service, powered by LaMDA, that we’re calling Bard”, said Google in a blog post.