Microsoft announces new ChatGPT-based Bing engine and Edge browser
What happened now? As expected, Microsoft has announced a new iteration of its Bing search engine based on a version of the same AI as ChatGPT. During an event at its headquarters in Redmond, Washington, the firm also said it is updating the Edge browser with new AI capabilities and a new look and feel.
Bing has been around for 13 years but still only has a 3% share of the browser market while Google is around 93%, but Microsoft believes integrating the OpenAI GPT-4 model into its search engine will help close that huge gap. . “This is a new day in search,” CEO Satya Nadella said.
New Bing available to try now in a limited PC version – you can join the waiting list to get the full version. The search engine shows results in their traditional form, along with an AI-powered sidebar containing more complete answers. Users can also directly ask questions to the chatbot, similar to ChatGPT.
Microsoft says the new Bing provides more relevant results, can aggregate results from multiple sources, and can refine answers. It can also create a vacation itinerary, prepare users for job interviews, get updates on the latest events, and more.
Some other examples of what the new Bing can do include looking for detailed instructions on how to substitute eggs for another ingredient in a cake you’re baking right now, without scrolling through multiple results. Microsoft also showed off Bing by creating an itinerary for each day of a five-day trip to Mexico City.
In the meantime, the updated Edge browser comes with new chat and messaging features. The former allows users to summarize web pages and ask questions about their content, while the latter helps generate emails and social media posts.
Microsoft is using an updated version of the GPT 3.5 language model that supports ChatGPT OpenAI in the new Bing and Edge. The company claims that this Prometheus model is more powerful than the famous chatbot and better responsive to search queries.
The chatbot revolution continues today as Google reveals more details about its rival artificial intelligence tool Bard during its Live from Paris event starting at 8:30 AM ET / 5:30 AM PT. Chinese search giant Baidu is also launching its own ChatGPT-style service called Ernie in March.