It looks like Microsoft is ending the long waiting list for Bing Chat. As originally reported by Windows Central, new users who sign up for the waitlist get immediate access to the AI chatbot.without having to wait, and Digital Trends has confirmed it.
Microsoft hasn’t officially removed the waiting list, but it should be gone before long. On Tuesday, Microsoft beefed up the release of OpenAI’s GPT-4 model by confirming that it was the model behind Bing Chat. Microsoft is also scheduled to host an AI-focused event on Thursday, where we hope to learn about AI integrations into Microsoft Office applications like Word and PowerPoint. Microsoft may remove the waitlist during the presentation.
In the initial days of Microsoft’s Bing Chat announcement, more than 1 million people signed up for the waiting list. Microsoft has said that millions more have joined since then. It only took us a few days to get access through the public waiting list, though our initial time with Bing Chat didn’t go quite as we had hoped. Since launch, Microsoft has heavily restricted Bing Chat responses due to some crazy conversations. Little by little it has gained more freedom and now users can ask up to 15 questions in a single session and up to 150 in a day.
ChatGPT’s explosion in popularity has put a lot of emphasis on Microsoft, which partnered with OpenAI in 2019 and invested $10 billion in the research group earlier this year. Google hasn’t been sitting still, announcing its Bard AI chatbot back in February. The search giant also launched AI-powered tools for its suite of online applications on Tuesday, likely ahead of Microsoft announcements scheduled for later in the week.
In addition to Microsoft’s upcoming AI event, the company also launched the Edge Copilot feature earlier in the week. This brings Bing Chat to a sidebar in Microsoft Edge and is available to anyone with access to Bing Chat (which should be anyone at this point). In addition to chat features, Edge Copilot includes a To compose tab that can generate text for emails, blog posts and more, as well as a perspectives tab that provides context for the website you are on.
Microsoft has been moving towards making Bing Chat available elsewhere as well. Since its launch, Microsoft has implemented the chatbot on mobile devices, for example, as well as adding chatbot functionality to Skype.