Published on November 17, 2023, 9:56 am

Microsoft’s Bing search engine has undergone a transformation with the integration of generative AI, thanks to investments from OpenAI. The new version of Microsoft Copilot is powered by Bing and offers users a range of features similar to the popular ChatGPT. While retaining the traditional Bing search format, Copilot allows users to ask questions, upload images, and request AI-generated images. This article will provide an overview of how to use Copilot and the different ways to access it.

To get started with Copilot, users will need an account to access the chat feature. You can use either a Microsoft account or an Entra ID. Currently, Copilot is only available on Microsoft Edge and Chrome browsers for Windows and macOS. Simply visit the Copilot website (Copilot.Microsoft.com) and click on “Sign in.” Remember that you’ll need a Microsoft account or Entra ID to log in using Chrome or Edge on either Windows or macOS. A Microsoft account can be an outlook.com or hotmail.com email address along with the corresponding password or login information linked to other Microsoft services such as Office, OneDrive, or Xbox.

Once you’ve logged in, you can start asking questions to Microsoft Copilot. Enter your prompts into the text area at the bottom of the screen and submit them to Copilot. While similar in terms of entering prompts, there are some noticeable differences between ChatGPT and Copilot in terms of formatting answers, conversational style, and user interface.

Like ChatGPT, Copilot has the ability to generate text conversationally, compose essays, write code, answer complex questions, summarize content, and even provide up-to-date responses on current events due to its internet access. However, it’s important to note that while ChatGPT is trained on data up until 2021 and requires a subscription for recent events information through ChatGPT Plus, Copilot uses GPT-4 which enables it to give answers about events that happened yesterday or more recently. Furthermore, Copilot can generate images within the chat window and process uploaded images to provide information such as identifying plant species.

To access Microsoft Copilot, you can visit the Copilot.Microsoft.com website on Chrome and Edge browsers in Windows or macOS. Additionally, the Bing mobile app still provides access to the Copilot chatbot. You can start a conversation on the web and then scan a QR code using the mobile app to continue the conversation. This feature allows for greater ease of use and even lets you add widgets to your phone’s home screen for quick access.

Copilot differs from ChatGPT as it uses GPT-4 instead of GPT-3.5, which was used by ChatGPT until the availability of GPT-4 through ChatGPT Plus subscription service at a cost of $20 monthly. Microsoft claims that integrating GPT-4 into Copilot makes it more powerful and accurate than ChatGPT.

However, similar to other large language models, Copilot is prone to giving out misinformation and generating nonsensical answers unrelated to the original question. It is important to exercise caution when interacting with AI chatbots like Copilot, never sharing personal or private information, and avoiding reliance on them for medical or life-threatening information.

Bing’s Copilot was initially launched earlier this year on a waitlist basis but has since granted widespread access to all Microsoft Edge users without requiring a valid account. Currently, Microsoft Copilot is available in preview mode for users to try out its features.

In summary, Microsoft’s integration of generative AI into Bing has resulted in the birth of Microsoft Copilot. With its conversational tone and comprehensive search capabilities powered by GPT-4, Copilot offers users an intuitive way to find information online while allowing text generation and image creation features within its chat window. Whether accessed through the website or via the Bing mobile app, Copilot provides users with an array of capabilities for various tasks. Keep in mind its limitations and exercise caution when interacting with AI chatbots.

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