Bing might be back. Microsoft yesterday announced its partnership with OpenAI to improve Bing with its AI technology. However, Microsoft also had a surprise up its sleeve: the next version of Bing will adopt a new, next-gen language model that the company claims is “much more powerful” than ChatGPT and specifically designed to excel at search.
During his event, Yusuf Mehdi, the company’s consumer chief marketing officer, demonstrated the new Bing and asked it to compare the most influential Mexican artists and their most iconic paintings. Bing displayed his response in a new side panel with annotations and web links. Later, Mehdi asked the search engine to compare three pet vacuum cleaners, listing the pros and cons of each model.
With the chat feature, you can ask Bing to create a five-day itinerary for you, including links to where to stay, flights, and activities. The new Bing is already available as a preview. You can visit Bing.com — which I haven’t done since 2009 — to try out a few sample queries and sign up for the waitlist when it gets serious.
– Mat Smith
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