Bing Chat is set to become more like ChatGPT with a new feature that turns off Bing search integration, allowing you to use Microsoft’s Bing Chat as a standalone AI, similar to OpenAI models. I’ve tried an early version of Microsoft’s ChatGPT-like standalone mode for Bing Chat, and it’s unsurprisingly as good as ChatGPT.
The current version of Bing Chat AI is integrated with the Bing search engine, which allows you access to the latest information from the web. On the other hand, ChatGPT’s knowledge is limited to its training data, which means it cannot help with newer information, but it is much faster than Bing Chat.
ChatGPT is generally faster than Bing Chat because it does not need to search the web for information. Microsoft sources told me some people prefer a “faster” chatbot, similar to ChatGPT, and it has been working on a new offline “no search mode” for Bing Chat, which would make it more identical to ChatGPT.
According to sources familiar with Microsoft’s development, Bing Chat’s offline mode is available to a small group of users alongside the third-party plugins.
So, a few things are changing with Bing Chat’s user experience in the latest experiment.
By default, Bing Chat will soon use a plugin called “search” to “enhance your search with the power of the web including news, multimedia, shopping and more”. But when you turn off the “search plugin”, Bing Chat can answer questions without searching the web.
Hands-on with Bing Chat’s ChatGPT-like offline mode
In our tests, we noticed that Bing Chat is faster when Bing Search integration is turned off but gives much-outdated information for some queries.
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