Bing has announced an update to Bing AI Chat that brings voice chat capabilities to the desktop search interface. Voice interaction is two-way and available in five languages.
Bing Chat is an AI chat experience powered by OpenAI GPT-4 that enables a more conversational search experience.
The AI provides answers to questions and the search engine offers links to websites.
Voice commands on mobile devices are an established user interface paradigm that users have come to expect.
Interacting with the desktop computer via voice is largely overlooked except as an accessibility feature.
Today, Bing is changing that by adding voice chat to the desktop.
The Bing chat box now supports five languages, and more languages are coming soon.
Supported Bing Voice Chat on desktop languages:
According to the official Microsoft Bing Blog:
“We know that many of you enjoy using voice to chat on mobile devices. It’s now also available on desktop by clicking the microphone icon in the Bing chat box.
…Bing Chat also supports text-to-speech replies — it answers your questions in its own voice.”
The migration of the voice command and interaction experience common on mobile to desktop is an exciting development as it creates a more seamless experience on the web, from mobile to desktop.
Microsoft was the first major search engine to integrate AI chat capabilities into the search experience. They’re again leading the industry by bringing the voice experience to the desktop.
It might be something to keep an eye on as the future of desktop UI evolves.
Read the official announcement:
Bing Preview Release Notes: Voice Chat on Desktop
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