Microsoft's Bing Chat gets further Edge mobile integration, a widget, and significantly more

  • 18-May-2023

Microsoft just barely reported a series of new updates to its GPT-4-powered Bing Chat earlier this month, and today's back for certain enormous upgrades for mobile users. Only days after Google rebranded its AI tools for Docs and Gmail as Duet AI, Microsoft is currently focused on mobile with contextual chat for Edge mobile, a Bing widget for iOS and Android, and, surprisingly, persistent Bing Chat discussions between mobile and desktop.

Microsoft is completing the rollout of its newly announced image and video answers, restaurant bookings, and chat history features at the same time that these mobile-first features arrive. Microsoft just launched Bing Chat nearly a year ago, and the company has not slowed down with its announcements regarding AI.

Beginning today, you'll presently have the option to begin a Bing Chat conversation on a PC and afterward get it on mobile. When you're at the grocery store and they've run out of an ingredient, Microsoft uses the example of asking Bing Chat to create a recipe for you on a PC and then asking it to provide a substitute on the mobile app. All iOS and Android users will soon have access to this, which is beginning its rollout today.

Contextual chat inside of Microsoft Edge on iOS and Android is the second major mobile change. This is basically the same as what exists in the Bing sidebar inside the desktop version of Edge, and it lets the mobile version of the browser read the context of a website you're on. You can ask it questions about a website you're viewing by tapping the Bing Chat icon at the bottom of Edge, or you can even ask it to summarize an article or document you're reading.

Additionally, Edge Mobile will include selected text actions that allow you to highlight a section of text and have Bing explain or summarize it. Microsoft expresses both of these new Edge features will be carrying out to mobile users "soon."

Microsoft is likewise carrying a mobile widget to iOS and Android users that can be pinned to the homescreen for speedy access to Bing Chat. A Bing icon lets you immediately enter Bing Chat, and a microphone icon lets you voice-ask a question. This will be accessible on iOS and Android at some point this week, and Microsoft is likewise further developing its language support for voice input.

Microsoft is currently updating its mobile keyboard with the capability to compose full messages with tone, format, and length options. Both iOS and Android have recently received updates to SwiftKey powered by Bing. On mobile, you will be able to instantly configure the message and copy it into messaging apps and emails using the same functionality that is available in the Edge sidebar for message composition.

An AI-powered translator is additionally now built into the SwiftKey keyboard, alongside witty and funny tone options. Last but not least, Skype is integrating Bing Chat into group chats. If you still use Skype, all you have to do to get the chatbot to respond to questions and conversations is to tag @Bing in a conversation.

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