Edge is no longer exclusive, Microsoft confirms experimental third-party browser support for Bing Chat is rolling out
June 5 news, a few months ago Microsoft launched Bing Chat (Bing Chat), an artificial intelligence-based chatbot service, but it was only available through Microsoft's own Edge browser. A few days ago, Mikhail Parakhin, head of Microsoft's advertising and web services division, said that starting in June, the company will try to make Bing chat support third-party browsers. Now, this feature has begun to open to some users.
A post on Bing's Reddit page this weekend showed screenshots of Bing Chat running in Apple's Safari and Google's Chrome browsers. Foreign media Neowin asked Parakhin about the post on Twitter today, and he also confirmed the news, saying that "we are running an experiment and will be rolled out gradually." As of now, he did not disclose which third-party browsers will receive Bing chat support.
Bringing Bing Chat to support other browsers should give Microsoft a larger user base. According to the latest data from StatCounter, Edge is currently the third most popular browser with a 9.91% market share. Google Chrome is still far ahead, ranking first, occupying 66.02% of the market share. Apple Safari ranked second, occupying 12.79% of the market share.
Microsoft will likely continue to keep the number of users accessing Bing Chat using Chrome and Safari browsers low in order to test their performance before deciding whether to open the feature to a wider audience.
We also note that earlier this week, Microsoft confirmed that it will increase the cap on the number of chat rounds per day from 200 to 300, and from 20 to 30 rounds per session. Microsoft is also expanding the use of Bing Image Creator in Bing Chat from Creative Mode to Precision Mode and Balanced Mode. In addition, this weekend, Bing also celebrated its 14th birthday, which officially launched on June 3, 2009.