Copilot (formerly Bing Chat) on Chrome and Safari browsers

Bing Chat is coming to non-Microsoft browsers, starting with two key competitors

Microsoft Copilot (formerly Bing Chat) on Chrome and Safari.

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Microsoft’s AI search engine cum chatbot has hereto been exclusive to their proprietary browser, Microsoft Edge. Now it seeks to win in the AI Chatbot arena against OpenAI’s chatgpt by expanding to Apple’s Safari and Google’s Chrome browsers. Here’s how to use Bing Chat on Chrome and Safari.

How to use Copilot (formerly Bing Chat) on Chrome and Safari

Microsoft Bing Chat is rolling out to select users “as part of our testing phase” of Chrome and Safari, and it’s clear that Microsoft’s Director of Communications, Caitlin Roulston, has an interest in all popular browsers. In fact, it is now available on various platforms including iOS, Android, and desktop versions of the Bing app, alongside Skype integration.

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Before this, anyone attempting to use Bing Chat on non-Microsoft browsers would see a pop-up inviting them to set Microsoft Edge browser as their system default. Try reading “What is chatgpt – and what is it used for?” or “Bing Chat GPT service: What you need to know” for more on this topic.

Microsoft Edge system default
Microsoft Edge system default

There will, however, be differences in the web services. Bing Chat on Edge offers a 4,000-word limit. On other browsers, this will be restricted to 2,000-word prompts. With the original version being more powerful, we expect users trialling Edge as their system default consistently, and over a longer time period than the initial spike earlier this year.

What’s new in Microsoft Copilot?

Microsoft announced 6 new features in tandem with this announcement. In addition to this bid for a wider audience, Bing Chat now comes with a dark mode option within the preferences menu.

Bing Chat dark mode
Bing Chat dark mode

Visual Search has also been added, allowing users to upload images to the AI Chatbot and receive intelligent responses based on those images. This visual search interface allows support for ASL (American Sign Language).

Other changes include updates to existing features such as a larger search bar, character limit expansion, and further integration with OpenAI’s ChatGPT. The ChatGPT-like experience will bring the power of OpenAI’s GPT-4 model to users of Microsoft’s products.

Microsoft’s Bing Chat rollout strategy

The rollout seems particularly tactical considering the exclusivity period has already driven explosive growth in active users of the Edge browser. The integration of GPT-4 saw tens of millions of curious new users set Microsoft Edge as their default, purportedly climbing past 330 million monthly active users for the first time. That market share disruption has since leveled out, having reached the early-adopter audience they sought to poach from Google Chrome. But not everyone can be an early adopter. Most users will not come to them, so they must go where the potential users are. The most valuable strategy from this point onward is to make Bing AI tech accessible everywhere, a key reason that Google Search is the most ubiquitous of its kind.

FAQs

Can I use Copilot (formerly Bing Chat) in Safari?

If you’re one of the select users, yes, right now! If you’re not, then this will be possible soon.

Does Copilot (formerly Bing Chat) work on Mac?

Yes.

Why are my Google searches going to Copilot (formerly Bing Chat)?

You have set Bing as your default search engine.

Why is Chrome defaulting to Edge?

You have set Edge as your default browser.