Microsoft announced that starting this Tuesday its web search engine, Bing, is incorporated into the OpenAI artificial intelligence (AI) chatbot, ChatGPT, for users subscribed to ChatGPT Plus, its paid version and that it will “soon” will enable for all ChatGPT users.
“Our fantastic partnership with OpenAI is critical to our progress with the new Bing,” Yusuf Mehdi, Microsoft’s head of consumer marketing, said in a statement.
Mehdi stresses that ChatGPT will now have an integrated search engine to provide “more timely and up-to-date responses with web access.”
In January this year Microsoft announced a “multi-billion dollar investment” in the OpenAI startup, and in February the tech giant revealed that it would use OpenAI technology for its AI tools.
Until now, ChatGPT Plus subscribers – who have access to OpenAI’s most powerful chatbot, GPT-4 – had no access to information sources and this new union will allow users to have access “to citations (in notes to footer) so they can get more information.
Microsoft’s free AI chatbot Bing – which is powered by OpenAI’s GPT-4 technology – has offered this very option since its launch 100 days ago.
For its part, Samsung announced this month that it was keeping the Google search engine, thus breaking with rumors that it would switch to the Bing search engine.