Microsoft has officially launched the stable version of its Edge web browser, which includes the Bing AI chatbot in a sidebar. The feature, which was previously only available as a developer preview, has been reimagined to offer more capabilities and functionalities to users.
The Edge Copilot
Microsoft is calling its new AI feature the “Edge Copilot”. The sidebar has been updated to offer an AI chatbot that can provide intelligent suggestions and insights based on the context of the web page and the user’s goals.
At launch, the AI chatbot had two main functionalities – chat and compose. Users can take advantage of these functionalities to summarize lengthy web content, run comparisons, and even create content in some cases. Microsoft even demonstrated the AI writing a LinkedIn post after a few prompts were given.
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The company suggests that the AI Copilot could also be used to help users write better emails, search the web faster, and learn new skills. With the increasing importance of productivity solutions in today’s digital world, competition has not been left behind.
Sidebar Feature Can Be Controlled by IT Admins
IT admins can control whether users have access to the sidebar feature in Edge Copilot, which is crucial for companies that have policies against sharing confidential information with AI bots like ChatGPT.
New Experience with Microsoft 365 Tab
Aside from the AI chatbot, Microsoft is also rolling out a new experience for the Microsoft 365 tab of the Edge Enterprise new tab page. The new experience includes a larger version of the Microsoft Feed, which now includes more productivity content.
Various Security Mode Improvements
The browser will also ship with various security mode improvements and will support a new policy that controls whether or not the user’s browsing history is deleted when the browser app is exited.
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Stable Version Rollout
The stable version of Microsoft’s Edge web browser will roll out progressively over one or more days and will be available for both Windows and Mac platforms.
Google’s Generative AI
Google has unveiled its plan to incorporate generative AI into every part of Workspace, including helping users write emails in Gmail, write and edit documents in Docs, generate formulas in Sheets, capture notes in Meet, and create text, images, audio, and video in Slides.
As competition for the best AI-powered productivity solutions heats up, it will be interesting to see how Microsoft responds to Google’s latest move. In the meantime, the stable version of Microsoft’s Edge web browser offers users a more advanced and intelligent way to interact with the web.
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