Microsoft is undergoing a significant transformation in its chatbot accessibility by testing support for Bing Chat in third-party browsers. Previously, Bing Chat was limited to Microsoft Edge, the company’s proprietary web browser. However, Microsoft has initiated the testing phase for its chatbot on browsers other than Edge, as reported by Reddit users.
These users successfully utilized Microsoft’s chatbot on popular browsers like Google Chrome and Safari. The news was later confirmed by Mikhail Parakhin, the head of Microsoft’s advertising and web services division, on Twitter.
BING CHAT WILL SOON BE AVAILABLE ON OTHER BROWSERS
Just 14 years ago, on June 3, 2009, Bing, Microsoft’s search engine, entered the market. However, it has faced challenges in competing with Google and acquiring a substantial market share. Currently, Google holds over 85% of the online search sector.
The integration of Bing Chat with third-party browsers holds great potential for Microsoft’s search engine. Earlier this year, the introduction of ChatGPT in Bing contributed to its growing popularity. Bing Chat has gained such popularity that both the Bing and Edge applications witnessed a significant increase in popularity on the App Store.
Previously, the Chat feature was exclusively available on the Edge browser, as Microsoft required users to utilize their web browser to access the Chatbot powered by ChatGPT. Nevertheless, there were workarounds available to bypass these limitations, involving the installation of third-party extensions in the browser.
Fortunately, this inconvenience will soon change as Microsoft is currently testing the support for its Chat feature on other browsers. The rollout of this feature is expected in the upcoming weeks. Although the complete list of supported browsers has not been officially disclosed by Microsoft, it is highly likely that Chrome, Firefox, and Safari will be included among them.
The gradual rollout of Bing Chat support for third-party browsers marks a significant step forward for Microsoft. By embracing a multi-browser future, the company can tap into the vast user bases of popular browsers like Chrome and Safari, while simultaneously enhancing the overall experience. Although challenges lie ahead, the recent developments suggest that Bing Chat is well on its way to becoming a versatile and widely accessible chatbot AI solution.