Microsoft is far from stupid, and when it invested several billion dollars in OpenAI, the “parents” of ChatGPT, they knew what they were doing. Earlier this month, the company announced that the popular chatbot-like artificial intelligence would be present in both its Bing search engine and its Microsoft Edge browser through an integration Microsoft has dubbed the “Prometheus Model”.
Although the first answers given by this AI have been somewhat erratic, the integration with Bing is now available, and allows users to ask the Microsoft search engine questions or ask it to carry out some work involving text. The feature can be used by clicking on the Bing button in the top right corner of the Microsoft Edge browser.
However, only those who are part of the Microsoft Edge Preview Program will be able to see and use this advanced search feature. Registration is free and can be done through the Microsoft Edge Insider website, using your Microsoft account (including Hotmail and Outlook emails).
Once you have selected your preferred version of Edge: Beta, Dev or Canary (they differ only in the frequency with which they receive updates), you will have access to the new Bing button in the browser. After clicking on it, a sidebar will extend from the right side of the browser window with three sections: “Chat”, “Compose” and “Insights”.
With the Chat function, you can ask Bing anything about the website you are on, and the AI will respond to your query. You can ask it, for example, to compare a product you see with a similar one (such as a TV) and tell you which one is better, or see if you can find it cheaper on other websites.
With the Compose function, you can ask Bing, for example, to draw up a list of the best products in a category, ordered from best to worst, or even to write you an email (something that Addy, an AI derived from ChatGPT, could already do). Insights will be useful, for example, if you want to know where the traffic that visits the website you are on comes from or what websites they go to next.