During the Microsoft Build 2023 developer conference, Microsoft made significant announcements regarding its search engine, Bing, and its chatbot AI, ChatGPT. The most notable update is the integration of Bing search directly into ChatGPT, a move that aligns with Microsoft’s partnership with OpenAI and signifies the company’s commitment to improving Bing’s capabilities.
In the blog post, Microsoft emphasized that ChatGPT, powered by Bing search, will provide more timely and up-to-date answers by leveraging its built-in world-class search engine and web access. Users can expect ChatGPT’s responses to be based on search results and web data, complete with relevant quotes for further exploration.
Initially, the new Bing search feature will be available to subscribers of ChatGPT Plus, but Microsoft plans to extend it to free users in the near future through a plugin that seamlessly incorporates Bing search into the chatbot experience.
Microsoft’s dedication to expanding functionality does not stop there. In early May, the company revealed its plans to support third-party plugins in Bing Chat. The recent Microsoft Build 2023 conference confirmed that developers will have the opportunity to create plugins compatible with various platforms, including Bing Chat, ChatGPT, Dynamics 365 Copilot, Microsoft 365 Copilot, and Windows Copilot.
Additionally, Microsoft introduced several new plugin partners for Bing Chat, with names including Expedia, Instacart, Kayak, Klarna, Redfin, TripAdvisor, Zillow, and more. These plugins will be available on both desktop and mobile platforms in the coming weeks, either within Bing Chat or through the Bing Sidebar in the Edge web browser.
Looking ahead, Microsoft plans to incorporate the Bing Chat plugin into the newly announced Windows Copilot and Edge web browsers, further expanding the reach and functionality of the Bing ecosystem.
By integrating Bing search into ChatGPT and introducing a wide range of third-party plugins, Microsoft aims to enhance the search and chatbot experiences for its users. These updates demonstrate Microsoft’s commitment to continuous improvement and innovation, providing users with more comprehensive and efficient tools for information retrieval and interactive communication.