Microsoft brings AI-powered Bing chat to Edge mobile, Skype, and Bing apps

The new Bing mobile app is available in preview for Android and iOS users. It includes a new Bing icon at the bottom that allows users to start a chat session.

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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.

New AI powered Bing and Skype apps
New AI-powered Bing and Skype

“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.

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Microsoft to update Bing for Windows phone 7

Microsoft has announced that it will add several new features to its search engine 'Bing' for Windows phone 7, the new update will be available along with Mango update (next update of the OS).
The next update of Windows Phones 7, known as the 'Mango' update, will come along with an updated Bing search engine.

According to latest Windows Phone Developer Podcast, the updated search engine will have several additional features including the Bing Audio, which allows users to recognise songs (it will display the name of the title, artist etc) and will provide a link to the Zune store (Windows phone 7 applications market) for purchasing music.

Another feature called 'Bing Vision' allow phones' camera to read barcodes and perform OCR scans (read text written on a picture or document, like reading business cards etc), and provide support for augmented reality apps.

Bing Maps will also be updated, and will now feature turn-by-turn voice directions. A native podcast (similar to broadcast but delivered on phones and tablets or PC instead of TV) player is also said to be included, as well as a voice-to-text feature for texting while your hands are busy.

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Bing wins big in China, will serve results to 450 million users

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With a total population of nearly 1.5 billion and an online population of around half a billion, there’s no denying China’s importance as a digital marketplace. It’s also one that has proven tricky for Western companies to operate in at times — like Google, whose famous struggle with the Chinese government over censorship issues ultimately led to the cessation of operations in China.

Microsoft, however, decided that Google’s departure was just the sort of opportunity it needed. After months of negotiations, the Redmond company has finally announced the signing of a deal with Chinese search giant Baidu that will see Bing provide English language results to its visitors. It’s a bit like the previous deal Microsoft scored with Yahoo! back in the summer of 2010.

As a result of that arrangement, Bing broke the 30% mark globally and supplanted Yahoo! as the number two search provider behind Google. Currently, Baidu maintains about an 84% share of China’s search market — which means this new deal should provide Bing with a sizable boost to its global market share.

While specific numbers aren’t given, a Baidu spokesperson said that daily English language requests numbered “in the millions” with the majority of those searches coming from municipalities looking for professionals and university graduates to add to their workforce.

While a few million searches per day won’t be enough to unseat Google as the grand poobah of search engines (it gets more than 400 million per day total), it’s still an important win for Bing. Every little bit counts, and Microsoft will happily continue inking deals like this one until it’s nipping at Google heels in the race to be number one.

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