The preview release of Microsoft’s new Bing and Edge apps for iPhone and Android, which include voice search and access to its AI chatbot, was unveiled on Wednesday.
Users of the Bing mobile app can launch a chat session by tapping the Bing icon, where they can voice- or text-chat about a range of topics. Responses can be shown as regular text, bulleted lists, or streamlined responses. According to Microsoft, users will also be able to access Bing updates via the Edge mobile app’s home page.
On Wednesday, Microsoft also disclosed Bing for Skype with AI. Users can ask queries of Microsoft’s AI by adding it to group conversations. All of the group’s questions will be answered by the chatbot. Bing users can inquire about the weather, recent award shows, travel advice, and other topics. Answers can be shown in text, bullet points, or condensed responses, just like the Bing mobile app.
The Bing feature in Skype is now in global preview.
Microsoft unveiled upgrades to its Edge browser and Bing search engine driven by AI on February 7 at an event held at its Redmond, Washington, headquarters. Users only have access to a certain number of search queries during the initial period because the upgrades were initially made available on desktop in a constrained preview.
Artificial intelligence-powered search, according to CEO Satya Nadella, is the largest development for his company in the nine years he has been in charge.
In an interview with CNBC’s Jon Fortt after Microsoft’s event, Nadella said, “I have not seen something like this since I would say 2007-2008, when the cloud was just starting out.”