Microsoft’s Bing moves into Edge, SwiftKey and Skype

There will be updates for Bing and Edge later this week, both on the desktop and for the iOS and Android apps. This means that further AI-supported functions are moving in. Microsoft writes in the blog post that they want to “offer the innovations that transform search for everyone” – be it someone who is already a fan or someone who is trying Bing for the first time, which probably applies to many people in the past few months. According to Microsoft, the Bing app was downloaded eight times more per day than before the release of the new version with the AI ​​​​Copilot.

Bing is becoming more visual both on desktop and mobile: videos, information boards, diagrams and better formatting are moving into the chat, as well as social functions, i.e. sharing content. There will also be a chat history in the future. A clock symbol can be seen above the current chat; if you click on this, a selection of past activities appears. History is available now on mobile, with desktop to follow soon.

Also coming soon are new features for the Bing Edge and Skype apps – they’re already available in SwiftKey. In this way, the search for this week can be accommodated as a widget on the start screen. Clicking on the Bing icon takes you directly to the chat, and an audio question can be entered via the microphone. Bing should understand more languages ​​better. Conversations started on mobile can soon be continued on desktop and vice versa. However, the synchronization does not happen automatically, you have to create a QR code and scan it on the other desired device.

Bing integration in the SwiftKey keyboard on iOS (see red marking).

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Microsoft’s SwiftKey is an alternative keyboard to the standard Android and iOS variants. The virtual keyboard helps with writing, questions and searches. Thanks to AI, she can change or adjust the tone of a message if, for example, you are too upset to answer confidently. The tones are new and funny, although it remains unclear what the specific difference is. Compose complements this capability with longer text and better breakdown. The writing aid can be reached in the SwiftKey keyboard via the Bing symbol. Edge provides sidebar access to SwiftKey and Compose. As a further addition, the translator moves into SwiftKey. He can also be reached via Bing.

The mobile browser Edge gets an integrated Bing chat, which can then summarize the visited page or search for passages. This context-based help is already available on the desktop. As an example, Microsoft cites the question of a suitable wine for a recipe that you have just opened. By flagging passages, you can ask Bing to find more information about what’s inside.

Bing is now in every group chat on Skype. Since the search or conversation AI can summarize the content of the conversation, this also means that Bing reads along. Bing is activated with an @ sign.

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