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All the news from Microsoft’s February AI event

Microsoft is holding an event on February 7th to “share some progress on a few exciting projects,” according to CEO Satya Nadella. The company is expected to announce its ChatGPT-powered version of Bing, which started appearing for some users last week.

If it does, this may be the dawn of a new battle between AI chatbot-powered search engines; on Monday, Google announced Bard, an “experimental conversational AI service” meant to help you plan dinner based on the ingredients you have in your fridge or explain the latest scientific discoveries to a nine-year-old.

We may also get to see other AI integrations into Microsoft products. Rumors have been circulating that Microsoft is looking into integrating OpenAI’s GPT tech into productivity apps like Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook, as it has with Teams Premium.

Microsoft and OpenAI have a tight relationship at this point, with the tech giant investing billions in the AI research firm and giving it access to vast computing resources and Azure. The companies have previously collaborated on things like GitHub’s Copilot feature, which promises to be a superpowered autocomplete for code. OpenAI’s CEO Sam Altman has basically confirmed that he’ll be at the event.

The event is starting at 10AM PT / 1PM ET and won’t be livestreamed. You can follow our live blog to hear about it as it happens, and check back here for all the news from the event.

  • Tom Warren

    Feb 8, 2023

    Tom Warren

    Hands-on with the new Bing: Microsoft’s step beyond ChatGPT

    Microsoft announced a new AI-powered version of its Bing search engine yesterday, all thanks to an upgraded version of the same AI technology behind ChatGPT. I’ve only spent a few hours using this new version of Bing and other AI-powered features in Microsoft’s Edge browser, but the technology already feels like a big upgrade to ChatGPT.

    One of the first questions I asked Edge’s new “compose” feature was to write a resignation letter for my boss in a funny tone and with the main reason being that I felt my job was being replaced by AI. The letter it generated is impressive and genuinely funny:

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  • WeLive II rises, now with more blockchain.

    The thing is, if you remove the blockchain nonsense, what Adam Neumann is pitching isn’t tech. It’s a co-op, which does not require crypto to function. At least it’s not glorified dorms, I guess.

    But for me, the real comedy gold occurs when he calls his buildings’ residents “users.” Sure! Let’s see if he can survive the new interest rate environment.


  • Tom Warren

    Feb 8, 2023

    Tom Warren

    Microsoft’s Activision acquisition in peril after UK regulator warns of harm to gamers

    An illustration of the Xbox logo.
    Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

    The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) already expressed concerns about Microsoft’s plans to acquire Activision Blizzard last year, but it now says the deal could harm UK gamers. The CMA has published provisional findings in its investigation into the Microsoft and Activision deal and found that it “could result in higher prices, fewer choices, or less innovation for UK gamers.” The CMA has offered up possible remedies that include Microsoft being forced to sell off Activision Blizzard’s business associated with Call of Duty.

    The CMA makes it clear that it’s mainly concerned about two things: cloud gaming and game exclusivity. “The evidence available to the CMA currently indicates that Microsoft would find it commercially beneficial to make Activision’s games exclusive to its own cloud gaming service (or only available on other services under materially worse conditions),” says the UK regulator.

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  • Sean Hollister

    Feb 7, 2023

    Sean Hollister

    The thirst is real.

    When you join the new Microsoft Bing waitlist, it claims you can get the AI tool faster by installing a browser extension. I did — and now Google and Microsoft are fighting in my web browser.


  • Sean Hollister

    Feb 7, 2023

    Sean Hollister

    The new Microsoft Bing will sometimes misrepresent the info it finds

    Microsoft
    Photo by Tom Warren / The Verge

    Search engines are about to change in a very important way: when you type in a query and get an official-looking answer, it might be wrong — because an AI chatbot created it.

    Today, Microsoft announced a new version of its Bing search engine that will provide “complete answers” to your questions by tapping into the power of ChatGPT. You can already try some canned sample searches and sign up for more.

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  • Feb 7, 2023

    Mitchell Clark and Emma Roth

    Microsoft’s ChatGPT-powered Bing is open for everyone to try starting today

    A photo of a slide saying “available today in limited preview” with logos of Bing and Edge beneath. It lists a website bing.com/new.
    A slide announcing AI chat features in Bing and Edge.
    Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge

    Microsoft’s new ChatGPT-powered Bing experience will be available today for everybody as a “limited preview” on desktop. You’ll have a limited number of queries that you can use with it, but you will be able to sign up for full access soon.

    If you visit Bing.com, you may see some example searches that you can try out, if it shows you the new interface. Clicking on them will lead you to a Bing search page with traditional results on the left, and a chat window on the right with the AI-generated answer. Until you have full access, you won’t be able to ask follow-up questions or clarify the results. Searching for your own query will give you Bing’s traditional search results, despite the homepage using the new chat-style UI.

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  • Sean Hollister

    Feb 7, 2023

    Sean Hollister

    A few basic videos showing what Microsoft’s Bing chatbot can do.

    Microsoft didn’t livestream its surprise AI event, so you might not have seen: the new Bing chatbot can look a lot like ChatGPT.

    Here are a few videos the company’s now provided: one, two, three, four, five.


  • Sean Hollister

    Feb 7, 2023

    Sean Hollister

    Microsoft’s new chatbot tells you right away that fact-checking is YOUR responsibility.

    Here’s what the welcome page says, as captured at Microsoft’s live ChatGPT + Bing + Edge event:

    Let’s learn together. Bing is powered by AI, so surprises and mistakes are possible. Make sure to check the facts, and share feedback so we can learn and improve!

    You can easily cross-reference, though: Bing is putting chat and search side by side.


  • James Vincent

    Feb 7, 2023

    James Vincent

    Microsoft announces new Bing and Edge browser powered by upgraded ChatGPT AI

    Microsoft has announced a new version of its search engine Bing, powered by an upgraded version of the same AI technology that underpins chatbot ChatGPT. The company is launching the product alongside new AI-enhanced features for its Edge browser, promising that the two will provide a new experience for browsing the web and finding information online.

    “It’s a new day in search,” said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella at an event announcing the products. Nadella argued that the paradigm for web search hasn’t changed in decades, but that AI can deliver information more fluidly and quickly than traditional methods.

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  • Tom Warren

    Feb 7, 2023

    Tom Warren

    Microsoft’s ChatGPT event live blog

    Illustration of the Microsoft wordmark on a green background
    Image: The Verge

    Microsoft is holding a surprise event at its Redmond headquarters today, where it’s expected to focus on its OpenAI partnership and introduce a version of Bing with ChatGPT. Unlike most of Microsoft’s events over the past few years, this special press event will be held in person and not livestreamed at all. You’ll need to follow The Verge’s live blog below for all the announcements as they happen.

    Microsoft invited media to this event last week before making the details public just minutes after Google announced its own ChatGPT rival. That should tell you how important this event is for Microsoft and what’s on the agenda. While Microsoft is keeping details thin, the invite says Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella will “share some progress on a few exciting projects,” so expect a number of important announcements.

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  • Tom Warren

    Feb 7, 2023

    Tom Warren

    Microsoft and Google are about to Open an AI battle

    An illustration of a cartoon brain with a computer chip imposed on top.
    Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

    Microsoft is about to go head-to-head with Google in a battle for the future of search. At a press event later today, Microsoft is widely expected to detail plans to bring OpenAI’s ChatGPT chatbot to its Bing search engine. Google has already tried to preempt the news, making a rushed announcement yesterday to introduce Bard, its rival to ChatGPT, and promising more details on its AI future in a press event on Wednesday.

    The announcements put the two tech behemoths, known for their previous skirmishes with each other, on a collision course as they compete to define the next generation of search.

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  • Tom Warren

    Feb 6, 2023

    Tom Warren

    Is that GPT-4 I can see?

    Microsoft is holding a special in-person event at its Redmond headquarters tomorrow, where it’s expected to announce a ChatGPT version of Bing. OpenAI powers ChatGPT and now CEO Sam Altman is posing for a selfie with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, confirming tomorrow is all about AI. With rumors of the unannounced GPT-4 powering Microsoft’s ChatGPT integration, it looks set to be an interesting day ahead. The Verge will be covering everything live as it happens.


  • Tom Warren

    Feb 6, 2023

    Tom Warren

    Microsoft announces surprise event for Tuesday with Bing ChatGPT expected

    Microsoft logo
    Illustration: The Verge

    Microsoft is holding a major news event on Tuesday, February 7th. The software giant first mailed out invites to an in-person event at the company’s Redmond headquarters last week and is now officially announcing the event minutes after Google made its ChatGPT rival official.

    Microsoft’s event starts at 10AM PT / 1PM ET, and the company isn’t teasing much ahead of time. But it’s likely the company will focus on its rumored ChatGPT integration into Bing and its broader partnership with OpenAI.

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