After weeks of testing, Bing Chat is coming soon to Chrome and Safari browsers – leaving behind the requirement to install Edge, Microsoft’s browser, to use Bing Chat.
What we know. In the coming days, we expect Bing Chat to soon work on Chrome, Safari and other non-Edge browsers.
Right now, most people who go to Bing and click on Chat will see a message that says you need to download Edge to use the new Bing.
Testing Bing Chat on other browsers. Bing has been testing Bing Chat on Chrome, Safari and other browsers since earlier this month.
- Bing escalated its tests to a larger percentage of users late last week.
Misinformation. Some news organizations incorrectly reported that this is now live for all Chrome and Safari users. It is not. Some of these publishers have since updated their stories, but by that point, thousands of people had already read the incorrect information.
Testing is common. Search engines often test new features and changes to a subset of users. Like Google, Bing does this all the time. Some features roll out live to all users while others never do and quietly disappear.
What Microsoft said. Here are tweets from Mikhail Parakhin, the CEO of Bing, on this topic, where you can see Bing has been testing this for a while but it should be coming to more browsers soon.
First, here he just said yesterday that Bing is still testing Bing Chat on other browsers, but it should roll out soon to all users:
Flighting to make sure we fixed the known issues, but plan an aggressive rollout
— Mikhail Parakhin (@MParakhin) July 24, 2023
Last week, he said this feature should be live “in a week or two,” (which means it should be live soon for everyone):
Running flights, should start rolling out in a week or two.
— Mikhail Parakhin (@MParakhin) July 20, 2023
Parakhin confirmed Bing was first testing “bringing [Bing Chat] to all the browsers soon” in May:
We are bringing it to all the browsers soon. It’s only about concentrating GPUs where most of our customers are. As we are adding GPUs, we increase availability everywhere. Of course, there is an additional native support in Edge for the sidepane and stuff that others don’t have.
— Mikhail Parakhin (@MParakhin) May 25, 2023
Other tests. Bing Chat:
Why we care. Bing Chat and these AI search solutions are rapidly changing. Both companies are frequently testing new features and expanding access to those features. What goes live and what remains a test is a waiting game.