Microsoft has announced the next wave of AI innovation with Microsoft Bing and Edge. The company is introducing new features and capabilities that will help people find what they need faster and more easily. The new features include personalized search results, improved natural language processing, and more. Microsoft is also introducing new tools for developers to build intelligent applications that can take advantage of these new capabilities.
Here are the key takeaways from the article:
- Bing Chat will have richer, more visual answers including charts and graphs.
- Improved summarization capabilities for long documents, including PDFs and longer-form websites,
- Image Creator in Bing Chat will be available in over 100 languages.
- Visual search in Bing Chat will allow users to upload images and search for related content.
- Chat history in Bing Chat will allow users to pick up where they left off and return to previous chats.
- Export and share functionalities will be added to chat for easy sharing and collaboration.
- Third-party plug-ins will be integrated into Bing chat, enabling developers to add features.
- Edge actions will allow users to complete tasks with AI assistance, such as finding and playing a movie.
- Edge mobile will also soon include page context, so you can ask questions in Bing chat related to the mobile page you’re viewing.
- The compose feature in sidebar can also now tailor drafts based on feedback you give like tone, length, phrasing and more.
Bing chat – what’s new
If you’ve seen how Microsoft is using ChatGPT in its Bing search engine, you know they are focusing on an interface with 3 tabs: Chat, Compose and Insights.
The Chat feature will act more or less like ChatGPT, with the caveat that it is connected to the internet (you can paste links and ask for summarizes) and also it will show you ads.
The chat is moving from text-only search & chat to one that is incredibly more visual with rich image/video answers and coming shortly, new multimodal support. It’s also moving from single use chat/search sessions to multi-session productivity experiences with chat history and persistent chats within Edge. This means it will remember your conservations over longer sessions. For example, many people are writing books in ChatGPT but they also hit a limit, at some point the AI will forget the start of the conversation. Whether this is expanded in Bing, we’ll see. In Bing, this feature will be useful for long “chatting” sessions when you want to let’s say, plan a trip in detail, make changes, book flights and so on.
On top of this, the chat will be expanded to more than 100 languages and visual search will get an upgrade.
As Microsoft gets more time working with OpenAI, they will begin more and more to introduce ChatGPT features into its vast ecosystem of products and solutions. With Bing, you’ll be able to export and share either to other people, or into Office – a Word document for example. There is no doubt we will eventually see a full integration between these solutions.
Integrations – from products to platforms
This is what Microsoft is saying in their release notes about making Bing accessible to developers:
“We’ll soon build third-party plug-ins into the Bing chat experience creating a platform for developers. For example, if you’re researching the latest restaurant for dinner in Bing chat, it will leverage OpenTable to help you find and book a reservation. Or, with Wolfram|Alpha, you can create powerful visualizations and get answers to complex science, math and human-curated data-based questions directly from Bing chat. We are working with our partners at OpenAI to make it easier and as consistent as possible for developers to take advantage of this opportunity. We believe these types of skills are a game-changer in the reinvention of search and to advance opportunities for developers in search. We look forward to sharing more details at Microsoft Build later this month.”