Microsoft celebrates six months of Bing Chat with new features and third-party browser support

As per Microsoft, over 1 billion chats and 750 million images have been shared with Bing Chat since its launch.

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Microsoft Bing Chat has reached its six-month milestone since its launch in February 2023. Users can already access Bing Chat on desktop, iOS, and Android devices. Soon, Bing Chat will be available on Windows 11 desktops through Windows Copilot and will be integrated with other Microsoft products such as SwiftKey, Microsoft Teams, and Microsoft 365. According to Microsoft, over 1 billion chats and 750 million images have been shared with Bing Chat since its launch.

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Here are the newest Bing Chat features Microsoft highlighted in its blog post.

Third-party browser support

Microsoft is already testing Bing Chat on other browsers, including Google Chrome and Apple Safari. Soon users will be able to access Bing Chat in third-party browsers on the web and mobile. Microsoft will also continue to optimize Bing Chat to meet users’ needs across browsers. However, Bing Chat on third-party browsers will have some limitations, and Microsoft Edge users will have the advantage of having longer conversations, chat history, and inbuild Bing features.

Bing Chat Enterprise

Microsoft recently introduced Bing Chat Enterprise to offer organizations AI-powered chat with commercial data protection. The company says users and business data in the Bing Chat Enterprise are protected and will not leak outside the organization. Bing Chat Enterprise is now available for commercial customers licensed for Microsoft 365 E3, E5, Business Standard, and Business Premium at no additional cost.

Dark Mode

Microsoft has introduced the Dark Mode feature for Bing Chat and Bing Chat Enterprise for users on the desktop browser and Bing mobile app. Dark Mode saves battery, and it is also easier on the eyes. According to Microsoft, Dark Mode on Bing Chat was one of the top requested features.

Multimodal Visual Search in Chat

Microsoft has integrated OpenAI models that allow users to input into Bing Chat with images and ask related questions. Bing Chat can understand the context of an image, interpret it, and answer questions. For instance, users can use Visual Search to ask Bing Chat questions about the architecture of a building or ask lunch ideas by taking a picture of the contents of their fridge.

Bing Chat plug-ins

Microsoft is working on enhancing the functionality of Bing Chat through plug-ins. Plug-ins will allow Bing Chat to integrate with various services, such as Redfin, Spotify, Instacart, Kayak, TripAdvisor, Expedia, and more.

Microsoft will continue to expand its AI-powered Bing Chat features and capabilities based on user feedback and suggestions.

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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.

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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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