Microsoft testing Bing Chat on Google Chrome and Safari

Microsoft is testing Bing Chat on other browsers with select users. Further, the company is limiting Bing Chat capabilities on other browsers.

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Bing Chat, Microsoft’s AI-powered chatbot, is now coming to other browsers, such as Google Chrome and Apple Safari. With this, more users will be able to access the AI capabilities of Bing Chat. To recall, Bing Chat was limited to Microsoft products, including the Microsoft Edge browser and the Bing App. Currently, the company is testing Bing Chat on other browsers with select users.

“We are flighting access to Bing Chat in Safari and Chrome to select users as part of our testing on other browsers. We are excited to expand access to even more users once our standard testing procedures are complete,” says Caitlin Roulston, Microsoft’s director of communications, in a statement to The Verge.

According to reports, users will receive a pop-up notification on the Windows Taskbar, and clicking on that will allow them to use the Bing Chat feature on other browsers. Microsoft is also testing a dark mode for Bing Chat and Search. Users with access to the dark mode can click the hamburger icon on the top right and enable it by selecting dark or system default under the Appearance menu.

Moreover, Microsoft is limiting Bing Chat capabilities on other browsers. For instance, users can send only five messages instead of 30 messages per conversation, and the character limit is set to 2,000 characters compared to 4,000 characters on Microsoft Edge. Additionally, users may see more pop-ups to download the Microsoft Edge browser.

Microsoft is expected to roll out Bing Chat on other browsers and dark mode to more users in the coming weeks.

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