On 4th of May 2023, Microsoft has made its Bing GPT-4 chatbot accessible to everyone without requiring a waitlist. To access the open preview version that is powered by GPT-4, users can simply sign in to the new Bing or Edge using their Microsoft account. Additionally, Microsoft has significantly enhanced Bing Chat with numerous new features and support for plug-ins. This open preview launch follows Microsoft's earlier experiment of removing the waitlist for its Bing Chat feature, which had initially launched in February as a private preview and has been gradually made available to users.
Bing Chat, the intelligent chatbot developed by Microsoft, is getting even smarter with the addition of new features. Users can now enjoy image and video results, as well as the new Bing and Edge Actions feature, which provides quick access to common tasks. Persistent chat and history also make it easier to keep track of conversations.
However, the most significant addition is the plug-in support, which promises to open up new possibilities for developers and the future of Bing Chat. Microsoft is partnering with OpenTable to bring restaurant booking functionality directly into Bing Chat, and with WolframAlpha to generate visualizations. More details about these and other upcoming features will be unveiled at the Build conference later this month.
As we saw in March with the integration of ChatGPT by OpenAI, the plug-in support offers developers a powerful tool for extending the capabilities of the chatbot. It will be exciting to see how this technology evolves in the future.