Microsoft continues to go full steam ahead with its commitment to mainstream AI across all its services. While ChatGPT and OpenAI integrations in Azure, Office, and potentially Windows 12 have the tech crowd talking, it is the Bing Chat AI announced last week that has the whole world talking. Now, the company has confirmed its plans to bring the ChatGPT-powered search engine to mobile users.
As Bing Chat starts rolling out to some of the 1 million+ people who have signed up to test it, Microsoft is now looking towards a future for the preview tool. That will start with it making its debut on iOS and Android within the next few weeks.
An email was sent from Microsoft to testers, confirming that a mobile version is in development but not quite ready:
“We don't have a mobile experience ready yet — we are actively working on it and will have it ready soon. Until then, please continue to use the new Bing on desktop and download the Bing app from your favourite app store to ensure you are ready for the amazing experience when the mobile version is ready,” the company says.
Microsoft is urging users to download the Bing app on iOS or Android now to prepare for the Bing Chat search engine. This confirmation comes after Google has announced its Bard AI chatbot, which will come to search in the coming months. It is almost certain that the company will fold Bard into mobile search, despite its early issues.
Microsoft is definitely all-in on AI, especially in Bing. However, the company will also move slowly and is likely to keep Bing Chat in preview for a long time. Not least because there are plenty of issues to iron out. For example, OpenAI's ChatGPT AI is still not 100% accurate, not ideal for a search engine.
I also reported today how Bing Chat has already been hacked, with several users able to find the base prompts for the AI.
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