Microsoft is launching the preview of its new Bing search engine, Edge browser and Skype mobile apps with voice input and AI chatbot. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI Microsoft recently released a preview of its new Bing search engine, Edge browser and Skype apps for Apple iPhones and Google Android mobile devices. The new apps offer voice input and access to AI chatbot functions. Image courtesy of Microsoft
February 22 (UPI) — Microsoft has released the preview of its new Bing search engine, Edge browser and Skype apps for Apple iPhones and Google Android mobile devices. The new apps offer voice input and access to the artificial intelligence chatbot ChatGPT.
“In the spirit of learning and continuing to build new skills, we’re excited to release today the preview of the new Bing and Edge mobile apps,” Microsoft announced on Wednesday. “The Bing mobile app is available today for iOS and Android, delivering a fresh look and experience.”
“Knowing that 64% of searches are on mobile, we release all new Bing and Edge mobile apps to serve as your co-pilot for the web, even when you’re away from your desktop,” Yusuf Mehdi, Corporate Microsoft’s vice president and consumer chief marketing officer said in a statement.
The Bing icon can be tapped to start a chat session or ask questions with your voice. Responses are displayed using standard text or concise bullet points. According to Microsoft, users can access updates for Bing through the Edge mobile app home page.
“We’re starting to bring the incredible capabilities of the new Bing and Edge to your smartphone along with some exciting new features like voice input,” added Mehdi. “In addition, we are creating a new chat experience, starting with Skype, to improve your social communication with your friends and family.”
Microsoft’s AI-powered Bing for telecom platform Skype allows users to infuse group chats with artificial intelligence, allowing the chatbot to answer questions via bullet points or expanded text.
The new ChatGPT in the Bing and Edge apps is rolling out in preview for those who have already signed up to try the new features. Those who have not registered must be put on a waiting list.
Despite some glitches with “connection issues in low-bandwidth situations,” Microsoft said it received good early preview feedback on the new features.
“Feedback on the new features has been positive, with 71% of testers giving the new Bing a ‘thumbs up’ for the new search and reply features.”