September 24, 2023

Microsoft on Wednesday preview release announced In its new Bing and Edge apps for iPhone and Android, that includes new features like voice search and access to AI chatbots.

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In the Bing mobile app, users can tap on the Bing icon to start a chat session, where they can ask a variety of questions via text or with their voice, according to a release. Answers can be displayed in bullet points, in simplified responses, or in traditional text format. Microsoft said users will also be able to access updates to Bing through the homepage of the Edge mobile app.

Microsoft also announced AI-powered Bing for Skype on Wednesday. Users can add Microsoft’s AI to group chats and ask questions. The chatbot will make the answers available to the entire group. For example, people can ask Bing for travel tips, or ask about the weather or recent award shows. Similar to the Bing mobile app, answers can be displayed in bullet points, simplified responses, or in text format.

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Bing in Skype is available in preview worldwide.

On February 7, Microsoft held an event at its headquarters in Redmond, Washington, and it announced AI-powered updates to the company’s Bing search engine and Edge browser. The updates were initially released to desktop in a limited preview, meaning users got a limited number of queries to search through during the initial period.

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CEO Satya Nadella said AI-powered search is the biggest thing his company has done in nine years.

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In an interview after Microsoft’s event, Nadella told CNBC’s John Forte, “I haven’t seen anything like this since 2007-2008, when the cloud was first coming out.”