Yusuf Mehdi, Microsoft’s corporate vice president of modern life, search and devices, speaks during an event introducing new AI-based Microsoft Bing and Edge at Microsoft in Redmond, Washington on February 7, 2023.
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Microsoft on Wednesday announced the preview of its new Bing and Edge apps for iPhone and Android, which include new features like voice search and access to its AI chatbot.
In the Bing mobile app, users can tap the Bing icon to start a chat session where they can ask a variety of questions via text or voice, according to a release. Answers can be displayed in bullets, in simplified answers, or in traditional text format. Users will also be able to access updates for Bing through the home page of the Edge mobile app, Microsoft said.
Microsoft also announced AI-based Bing for Skype on Wednesday. Users can add Microsoft’s AI to group chats and ask it questions. The chatbot will provide responses for the entire group. People can ask Bing for travel suggestions, or things like the weather or recent awards. Like the Bing mobile app, answers can be displayed in bullets, simplified answers, or text format.
Bing on Skype is available in worldwide preview.
On February 7, Microsoft held an event at its headquarters in Redmond, Washington, and announced AI-powered updates to the company’s Bing search engine and Edge browser. The updates were initially released on desktop in a limited preview, meaning users get a limited number of search requests during the initial period.
CEO Satya Nadella said AI-powered search is the biggest thing to happen to his company in the nine years he’s been at the helm.
“I haven’t seen anything like this since, I would say, 2007-2008, when the cloud was just emerging,” Nadella told CNBC’s John Fort in an interview after the Microsoft event.