This expansion will enable a broader range of users to access Microsoft’s ChatGPT-like AI chatbot, which was previously limited to Microsoft products like the Bing mobile app and Microsoft Edge browser.
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Caitlin Roulston, Microsoft’s director of communications, stated in an email to SurgeZirc SA that Bing Chat is being tested with selected users on Safari and Chrome, though no official announcement has been made yet.
Roulston added that the company is excited to extend access to more users once standard testing procedures are completed.
Some users who gained access to the AI chatbot on Windows reported receiving a pop-up in the taskbar of Windows 10 or 11, inviting them to try Bing AI in Chrome.
Others can access the chatbot by visiting Bing.com from their preferred browser and clicking on the “Chat” icon to initiate the experience. However, in our own tests, Bing Chat was accessible in Chrome but not in Safari, possibly because we were not part of the “select users” group.
The ChatGPT-like experience of Bing Chat is powered by OpenAI’s GPT-4 model, but testers have noted some limitations compared to the original version.
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Bing Chat in Chrome version only supports five messages per conversation, whereas Microsoft Edge allows 30 messages. Additionally, character count is limited to 2,000 in Chrome, while Edge supports 3,000 characters.
When asked for more details, Microsoft declined to confirm or refute these differences between the versions of Bing Chat. The company also did not disclose when the expansion to other browsers began, which platforms are supported, or whether global markets would be included in the tests.
Apart from supporting Chrome and Safari, the Ai is also experimenting with a native dark theme, although it is not widely available yet.
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Since its launch earlier this year, the chatbot has gradually made its way into other Microsoft products. It was integrated into the Bing mobile app and Edge browser for iOS, Android, and desktop, as well as with Skype.
Microsoft recently announced that the Chatbot will be available for enterprise use, with added data privacy and governance controls. Alongside this, they also introduced Visual Search, enabling the chatbot to respond to queries related to uploaded images.