Microsoft is trying to make it easier to share your experience with its GPT-4-powered Bing Chat by adding a button that lets you post the AI’s response to Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest. People have already shared the interesting (and sometimes disturbing) things the chatbot has said via screenshots, but it looks like Microsoft is now getting into it. Perhaps that’s a sign it’s more confident about all the guardrails it’s put around the system after users push it to the breaking point.
In a blog post on Friday, the company shows off the share button and says you can use it to generate a persistent link to the answer, in addition to sharing it on social media. Clicking the link will take you to a Bing Chat window, which will populate the answer it gave to the person who shared it, complete with quotes. You can even follow up on the other person’s answer. I followed one link to an answer on meal ideasit asked for vegan versions of those meals, and it gave them to me.
To get the full experience, it appears you’ll need to open the link in Edge and be signed in to a Microsoft account that has access to the Bing Chat preview. (The company, in theory, still uses a waitlist system, but it seems people are immediately admitted when they click the “Join waitlist” button.) If you can’t access the Bing Chat, Edge will still send you the shared answer , and with other browsers such as Chrome or Safari, you will only see a message that you need to download Edge.
In addition to the share button, Microsoft says it’s testing “an optimization in ‘Balanced’ mode that significantly improves performance,” which will help the bot respond to your queries faster. None of the three Forget staffers who tested it noticed a lot of difference, but it didn’t seem to lag as much as before.
Microsoft also says it has improved Bing’s “contextual understanding” over the past week, allowing it to “absorb greater amounts of context” when using the creative tone. That should summarize large amounts of text better than before, according to the blog post.