Microsoft’s AI chatbot, Bing Chat, is coming to non-Microsoft browsers, the company confirmed today following various report from AI chatbots seen in other browsers like Google Chrome and Apple’s Safari. This expansion will make Microsoft’s ChatGPT-like AI chatbot available to a wider audience, where it was previously only available to consumers in Microsoft products, such as the Bing mobile app and the Microsoft Edge browser.
The company confirmed to Zero2Billions that Bing Chat is expanding to other browsers, which haven’t been officially announced yet.
“We’re providing access to Bing Chat in Safari and Chrome to select users as part of our testing on other browsers,” said Microsoft communications director, Caitlin Roulston, in an emailed statement. “We are excited to expand access to more users once our standard testing procedures are complete.”
according to them who gain access to the Bing AI chatbot on Windows, they receive a pop-up on the Windows 10 or 11 taskbar, offering an opportunity to try Bing AI on Chrome. Otherwise, users can head to Bing.com from their browser of choice, then click the “Chat” icon to try out the experience. However, in our own tests, we were able to access Bing Chat in Chrome, but not Safari at this time. That’s probably because we weren’t among the “selected users” who got access during testing.
Experiences like ChatGPT Bing Chat are supported by OpenAI’s GPT-4 model, but some have reported that testing the AI chat bot on other browsers has more limitations compared to the original version. For example the blog WindowsLatest.com, who first discovered the expansion, noted that Bing Chat on Chrome only supports five messages per conversation instead of the 30 available in Microsoft Edge. It also limits the number of characters to 2,000 instead of the 3,000 supported by Edge, the site says.
Microsoft declined to confirm these details or share further information about the differences between the various versions of Bing Chat when we asked for more information. The company also won’t confirm when the expansion to other browsers will first begin, which platforms are supported, or whether the test will include users in global markets. That’s for us to discover in the days to come, apparently.
As well as adding support for Chrome and Safari, it seems that Bing Chat does too testing native dark theme as well, but it’s also not widely available yet.
Bing Chat has entered other Microsoft products after launching earlier this year. In a matter of weeks, the new Bing arrives on the Bing mobile app and Edge browser for iOS, Android and desktop, in addition to integration with Skype. This month, Microsoft announced Bing Chat would also be coming to enterprises with a version of Bing Chat that includes business-focused data privacy and governance controls. Along with the announcement, Microsoft also noted Visual Search, which allows chatbots to respond to questions about uploaded images, is also rolling out.