Microsoft has expanded the availability of Bing Chat beyond the Edge browser to include Chrome and Safari, SurgeZirc Reports.
A spokesperson from Microsoft informed SurgeZirc UK that they are currently testing access to Bing Chat on Safari and Chrome for selected users as part of their browser testing process.
Once the standard testing procedures are completed, Microsoft plans to extend access to even more users, which indicates that this is more than just a small-scale test. Several users, myself included on Chrome (but not Safari), have already been granted access.
However, there are a few limitations to be aware of. Users must be logged into their Microsoft accounts, and the character limit for prompts is reduced to 2,000 characters compared to 4,000 on Edge.
Additionally, conversations reset after five queries instead of the previous 30, and there is a persistent prompt urging users to download Edge (Microsoft’s loyalty remains unwavering).
Bing Chat is powered by OpenAI’s ChatGPT-4, granting users access to its features without any payment requirements. Nevertheless, there are differences between Bing Chat and ChatGPT-4 alone.
Bing Chat has the advantage of accessing Bing Search, enabling it to provide more up-to-date information and sources for responses.
However, it is worth noting that OpenAI’s chat generally offers more detailed responses. Recently, a paper was published claiming a decline in ChatGPT-4’s capabilities, although some experts have downplayed the conclusions drawn in the paper.
In addition to the release on other browsers, Microsoft has also introduced a dark mode feature for Bing Chat.
To activate it, users can click on the hamburger menu located at the top right corner and select “Appearance/Dark.” However, it should be noted that this function may not yet be available to all users.