Earlier this month, Microsoft introduced the new AI-powered Bing chat and rolled it out to select Microsoft Edge desktop users. Now, the software giant has announced the rollout of the preview releases of the new Bing and Microsoft Edge mobile apps to Android and iOS users. Further, the company is bringing new features to Bing and Edge mobile apps, including voice input support.
“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 Yusuf Mehdi, Corporate Vice President & Consumer Chief Marketing Officer, Microsoft, in a blog post.
The new Bing mobile app is available in preview for Android and iOS users. It comes with a new Bing icon at the bottom that allows users to start a chat session. Users can ask simple as well as complex questions and choose how the answers are displayed, such as bullet points, text, or simplified responses.
With this new preview release of the Bing app, Microsoft has also added the voice support feature. Available on mobile and desktop, the voice search feature is one of the community’s most requested features, says Microsoft. Additionally, users who have access to the preview can access the new Bing experience from the homepage of the Microsoft Edge mobile app.
Microsoft has also announced the new AI-powered Bing for Skype. Users can add Bing to the Skype chat group, similar to any other Skype contact, and ask questions to Bing and provide answers for the entire group. The feature is available in preview to Android and iOS users globally.
Microsoft also states that in the first few days of testing these mobile experiences, users may occasionally find connectivity issues in low-bandwidth situations. The company also plans to bring AI-powered Bing to other communications apps, including Microsoft Teams.