Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) on Tuesday began adding its recently redesigned Bing search engine to its Windows computer software, aiming to put artificial intelligence (AI) at the fingertips of hundreds of millions of people.
The Windows 11 update, Microsoft’s latest product improvements this month, shows how the Redmond, Washington-based software maker is forging ahead on AI despite recent scrutiny of its technology.
Microsoft’s operating system will include a new Bing in the desktop computer’s search box, which helps half a billion monthly users find their files and navigate the Internet, the company said. Microsoft said the search engine is still in a preview mode, with access to more than 1 million people in 169 countries with a waiting list. The company unveiled its AI-powered chatbot for Bing as it aims to wrest market share from Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) Google, moving faster with ChatGPT-like software for search.
Microsoft is gathering feedback on the new Bing ahead of a wider rollout. The engine’s AI chatbot reportedly showered affection or threatened some testers, prompting the company to conduct lengthy chats that it said were not the intended responses.
In addition to the new Bing, Microsoft’s Windows update will include software that can connect to iPhone messages and calls, the company said, starting with a limited number of users.