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How To Get Started with Microsoft's New AI-Powered Bing Chat Feature

Author: ZDNETTime: 2024-01-22 04:30:00

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Introduction to the New Bing AI Chatbot

Microsoft recently launched a revamped version of its Bing search engine with an AI chatbot feature. Dubbed the 'New Bing', this chatbot aims to compete with the wildly popular ChatGPT from OpenAI. In this post, we'll dive into the key differences between the New Bing and ChatGPT chatbots, how to access and start chatting with the New Bing, using its various conversation styles, and some current limitations to be aware of.

AI chatbots like ChatGPT have taken the tech world by storm. People are using them for everything from coding to writing essays. The New Bing chat and ChatGPT are two of the most popular examples of these large language models. However, there are some key differences between the two chatbots.

The Rise of AI Chatbots like ChatGPT

ChatGPT was created by OpenAI and launched in November 2022. It uses a language model called GPT-3.5 and is trained on data up to 2021. ChatGPT quickly went viral due to its ability to generate human-like conversations on a wide range of topics. It can answer questions, explain concepts, write essays, poetry, code, and more. The New Bing, launched in February 2023, is Microsoft's response to ChatGPT. It uses a more advanced language model - GPT-4. This gives The New Bing more up-to-date information and contextual knowledge compared to ChatGPT.

New Bing vs ChatGPT - Key Differences

While both chatbots can hold natural conversations, there are some key differences: The New Bing has access to search the internet, while ChatGPT does not. This gives The New Bing an advantage in providing accurate, up-to-date information. ChatGPT is limited to knowledge until 2021, while The New Bing has access to current events and information. The New Bing is better at providing factual answers and citing sources, while ChatGPT may generate speculative or inaccurate responses. The New Bing allows switching between conversation styles, like creative and factual. ChatGPT has a single neutral tone. The New Bing has limits like 20 responses per chat, while ChatGPT has no limits.

Accessing the New Bing Chat

The New Bing chatbot is integrated directly into the Bing search engine. Here are simple steps to access it:

Open Microsoft Edge

First, open the Microsoft Edge browser. If you don't have it, download it for free from Microsoft. Edge is available for Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, and iOS. You can also access The New Bing from any browser by going to bing.com.

Log Into Your Microsoft Account

Once in Edge, you'll need to log into your Microsoft account. If you don't have an account, you can easily create one using any email address. Logging in links your chat history and preferences to your account.

Using the New Bing Chat

Once logged into Edge, using The New Bing chat is simple. Here are some tips for chatting with this AI assistant:

Choosing a Conversation Style

When starting a new chat, you can choose from different conversation styles:

  • Creative: generates original, imaginative responses
  • Balanced: aims for neutral, chatbot-like tone similar to ChatGPT
  • Informative: gives concise, factual answers
  • Friendly: warm, conversational tone
  • Precise: straight-to-the-point responses

Sending Messages and Receiving Replies

Type your question or message in the text box at the bottom and hit enter to send it. The New Bing will generate a response. Replies are numbered so you can keep track of the conversation flow. Sources or links are provided when available.

Starting New Conversations

Use the 'New topic' button to start a fresh chat. This deletes the previous conversation. You can also begin new chats by choosing 'Chat' from the Bing search options.

New Bing Chat Limitations

While powerful, The New Bing chatbot does have some current limitations to be aware of:

Response Limits

  • Max of 20 responses per chat
  • Max of 150 chats per day

Daily Conversation Limits

The New Bing has usage limits to likely manage demand and quality:

  • 20 responses max per chat
  • 150 chats per day limit


The New Bing chatbot brings an AI assistant to one of the most popular search engines. While similar to ChatGPT in some ways, key differences like its access to internet information, newer AI model, conversation styles, and limits provide a unique experience.

The New Bing offers an intriguing alternative for those seeking an AI chatbot that can provide up-to-date, factual responses. We're likely just seeing the beginning of how this technology will integrate into search and our daily digital lives.


Q: What is the new Bing chat?
A: The new Bing chat is an AI-powered conversational search feature from Microsoft, built using GPT-4 language model.

Q: How is the new Bing different from ChatGPT?
A: New Bing has access to the internet and is constantly updated, while ChatGPT is limited to training data until 2021. Bing also uses more advanced GPT-4 model.

Q: Do I need an account to use new Bing chat?
A: Yes, you need a Microsoft account to use the new Bing chat feature.

Q: What browser should I use for new Bing chat?
A: Microsoft Edge browser is recommended for the best experience with new Bing chat.

Q: Are there limits to Bing chat?
A: Yes, new Bing chat has limits of 20 responses per conversation, and 150 conversations per day.

Q: Is the chat history saved?
A: Yes, your chat history is saved to your Microsoft account profile.

Q: Can I delete my chat history?
A: Yes, you can delete your new Bing chat history from your Microsoft account if desired.

Q: What if I get an incorrect response?
A: You can use the feedback button to report incorrect responses to help improve the AI.

Q: Will AI chatbots replace search engines?
A: It's unlikely chatbots will completely replace search engines soon, but they may work together as complementary technologies.

Q: What are the conversation styles in new Bing?
A: The conversation styles include Creative, Balanced, Informative, Friendly, and Precise.