Microsoft Brings Bing AI-powered Voice Chat Right to the Desktop


Feature that was already available on the smartphone makes Bing look like Alexa

It is now possible to talk to Bing on the desktop and even hear its responses in a system similar to other virtual assistants . The novelty is thanks to the ”voice support” feature for Bing , which is powered by OpenAI’s GPT-4 technology.

“We know that many of you love using voice input for mobile chat,” the tech giant wrote in its latest Bing release notes.

The feature first became available on Bing’s chatbot AI for mobile apps . It’s now also available for Windows on the desktop – the user just needs to tap the microphone icon in the Bing Chat box to talk to the AI.

The novelty arrives in English, Japanese, French, German and Mandarin, and without Portuguese at the moment, but Microsoft says that support for more languages ​​is on the way.

Cortana’s death

The Windows company introduced voice support for Bing Chat on the desktop shortly after announcing the shutdown of the Cortana app , which serves as its operating system’s voice assistant.

In its announcement at the time, Microsoft pointed out that users will still have access to “powerful productivity features in Windows and Edge that have augmented AI capabilities”. In particular, he mentioned Bing Chat and Microsoft 365 Copilot , which uses artificial intelligence to generate content within the company’s applications.

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