Last month, Microsoft launched the new artificial intelligence (AI) powered Bing search engine and Edge browser in a limited preview on desktop. Those interested in trying out the sample queries had to sign up for the waitlist at Bing.com.
It appears that the Redmond giant has now removed the waitlist and made it available to everyone for immediate access, as spotted by Windows Central. However, those looking to access the GPT-4-powered new Bing search engine must ensure that their device is running the latest version of Microsoft’s Edge browser.
Not just this, Microsoft also recently confirmed that its new AI-powered Bing search engine is already using OpenAI’s latest language model, GPT-4.
For those unaware, OpenAI on Tuesday released GPT-4 (which stands for Generative Pretrained Transformer 4) – the latest version of the popular AI chatbot, ChatGPT. GPT-4 is a large multimodal model, which can process not just text, but images, video, or audio. It is more advanced compared to GPT 3.5, as it can handle more complex queries.
“We are happy to confirm that the new Bing is running on GPT-4, customized for search,” according to a blog post from Yusuf Mehdi, Microsoft’s head of consumer marketing.
“If you’ve used the new Bing in preview at any time in the last six weeks, you’ve already had an early look at the power of OpenAI’s latest model. OpenAI makes updates to GPT-4 and beyond, Bing benefits from those improvements.”
Together with Microsoft’s own updates based on community feedback, Bing users can be ensured that they have the most comprehensive search co-pilot features available.
How To Sign-Up For New Bing Without A Waitlist?
To get started with the new Bing on your desktop and mobile, you need to go to bing.com/new and hit the “join waitlist” button, and log in using your Microsoft Account. You should immediately get access to the GPT-4-powered search engine’s chat feature for free.
It is important to note that the Bing Chat feature is not available on other popular web browsers, such as Safari or Google Chrome. However, the new search engine is available on Android, iOS, Windows, and macOS devices.
When The Verge questioned Microsoft whether it has completely removed the waitlist or if it is a bug, Caitlin Roulston, Microsoft’s Communications Director said, “During this preview period, we are running various tests which may accelerate access to the new Bing for some users. We remain in preview and you can sign up at Bing.com.”