Bing Chat is now in public testing, third-party plugin support is coming

Microsoft has recently announced some significant changes for their Bing Chat, which is based on ChatGPT. The updated version of Bing is now available in Open Preview and no longer requires a waitlist, making it easier for everyone to try the new Bing and Edge. All you need to do is sign in to Bing with your Microsoft Account to access the new features.

Bing Chat Open Preview

By combining Open AI's GPT-4 language models with its extensive search index, Bing is revolutionizing the way people search for information. Bing's results are not only up-to-date and well-cited, but also conversational, providing users with a unique experience not found on any other search engine.


The announcement highlights the following changes.

  • Ability to display not only text, but also pictures, videos, graphics, and other various media in the answers.
  • Support for multiple simultaneous sessions and third-party applications.
  • Export functionality for chat data.
  • Improved document summarization.
  • Support for over 100 languages for the Bing image generator based on DALL-E.
  • Chat history and improved sidebar in Microsoft Edge.

These changes sound impressive, but the support for third-party applications is particularly exciting for future developments.

The new AI-powered Bing has made it easier for users to find or create what they need, with chat being a particularly useful tool for both understanding and taking action. The integration of Image Creator in chat has saved users time by allowing them to create the necessary image right within the chat.

Third-party plugin support in Bing

In the near future, Bing will also offer third-party plug-ins, creating a platform for developers to expand the capabilities of Bing chat. For instance, if a user is searching for a restaurant, Bing chat could leverage OpenTable to help them find and book a reservation. Similarly, with Wolfram|Alpha, users can create visualizations and get answers to complex science, math, and data-based questions directly from Bing chat.

Microsoft is working closely with OpenAI to ensure that the development process is as seamless and consistent as possible for third-party developers.

Microsoft Build will provide further details on these exciting developments in search and their potential to advance opportunities for developers.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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