Microsoft is making significant changes to its chatbot accessibility, as the company is now testing support for Bing Chat in third-party browsers. Previously, Bing Chat was only available on Microsoft Edge, the brand’s own web browser.
However, this is about to change as Microsoft has started the testing phase for its chatbot in browsers other than Edge. This discovery was made by some Reddit users. They were able to use Microsoft’s chatbot in popular browsers like Google Chrome and Safari. The news was later confirmed Twitter Mikhail Parakhin, head of Microsoft’s advertising and web services division.
Bing Chat will be available in other browsers soon
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Bing, Microsoft’s search engine, became available just 14 years ago on June 3, 2009. Since then, it has struggled to compete with Google and gain significant share. Google dominates the online search space with 85% market share.
Integrating Bing Chat with other browsers is very beneficial for Microsoft’s search engine. ChatGPT’s introduction to Bing earlier this year helped boost its popularity. Bing Chat has become so popular that the Bing and Edge apps have experienced a noticeable increase in popularity in the App Store.
Until now, Bing Chat was only available in the Edge browser. Microsoft initially made it a requirement to use their web browser to access the chatbot provided by ChatGPT. However, workarounds existed to overcome these limitations, even though they involved installing third-party extensions to the browser.
Fortunately, this inconvenience will soon be a thing of the past. While support for Bing Chat in other browsers is still in the testing phase, its deployment will take place in the coming weeks. Although Microsoft has not officially released the full list of supported browsers, it is likely that Chrome, Firefox, and Safari will be among them.
Overall, Microsoft’s decision to expand the accessibility of Bing Chat should lead to increased usage statistics for Bing. By enabling users to access the chatbot from different browsers, Microsoft is likely to attract more users. And increase its search engine’s competitiveness.