Microsoft’s Bing chatbot now allows users to create images using OpenAI’s DALL-E

Microsoft is adding an AI-powered image creator to its Bing search engine starting today (March 21). The Bing Image Creator is powered by an “enhanced version” of the DALL-E model from OpenAI, the company behind the Microsoft-funded AI chatbot ChatGPT. Bing Image Creator allows users to create images by simply writing what you want to generate.
“We’re excited to announce that we’re bringing Bing Image Creator, new AI-powered visual stories, and updated knowledge cards to the new Bing and Edge previews. Powered by an extended version of the DALL∙E model from our partners at OpenAI, Bing Image Creator allows you to create an image by simply describing in your own words the image you want to see. Now you can generate both written and visual content from chat in one place,” said Yusuf Mehdi, corporate vice president and consumer chief marketing officer, in a blog post.
Bing Image Creator is coming to the Edge browser
Microsoft is also bringing the Bing Image Creator to its Google Chrome rival, the Edge browser. A new icon will appear in the Edge sidebar, allowing users to create images in a text prompt. Microsoft said it’s limiting this image creator to its creative mode in Bing and plans to streamline how it works in multi-turn chats. “We will initially only include Image Creator in Bing Chat’s creative mode and plan to make it available in a balanced and concise mode over time,” says Mehdi. Seems Microsoft is taking a cautious approach this time after Bing’s rude replies made headlines last month.
How to access Bing Image Creator
Bing preview users can access the image creator through the usual chatbot prompt or through Microsoft Edge. Users not on the new Bing preview can access this Bing Image Creator separately at bing.com/create to generate English text into images. Microsoft said it will add more language support over time.
Microsoft said it protects against abuse. “We ensured that OpenAI’s safeguards and additional protections were built into Image Creator,” Mehdi wrote. “For example, we have controls in place aimed at limiting the generation of harmful or unsafe images. If our system detects that a potentially malicious image could be generated by a prompt, it blocks the prompt and warns the user.”
More additions
Alongside this new image generator, Microsoft is also making its Bing Stories and Knowledge Cards 2.0 capabilities available to all users. Stories aim to provide a more engaging way to find and interact with content by offering images and short videos, while knowledge cards highlight important information. Knowledge Cards 2.0 is an AI-powered infographic-inspired experience that provides fun facts and important information at a glance.

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