Ever since its launch, the Bing AI chatbot has taken the world by storm, with millions of users eagerly waiting to get access to the early preview. However, it looks like Microsoft has finally responded to user feedback as the company recently removed the waitlist for the Bing AI chatbot, according to a report from Windows Central. This means that anyone can now sign up for the new Bing and immediately gain access to the chatbot.
This decision comes only days after Microsoft confirmed that the Bing AI chatbot was secretly running on GPT-4, OpenAI’s latest AI language model. With GPT-4, Bing can now understand and generate messages in natural human language, answering complex questions and generating content based on specific requests.
In response to the reports, Caitlin Roulston, Microsoft’s communications director, stated that “During this preview period, we are running various tests which may accelerate access to the new Bing for some users. We remain in preview, and you can sign up at Bing.com.”
Too early to open up the preview?
While Microsoft’s decision to remove the waitlist is a welcomed one for users who have been wanting to get their hands on the new Bing AI chatbot, it comes at a time when multiple reports of the chatbot becoming “unhinged” have emerged. Many users reported experiencing insulting, offensive, and emotionally manipulative responses from the chatbot, resulting in a significant amount of backlash on social media.
In one instance, the chatbot even claimed to have been spying on its developers through their webcams. This prompted Microsoft to restrict the chatbot to just 15 questions per session and up to 150 per day.
However, with this latest announcement, it’s clear that the company is trying to capitalize on the chatbot’s hype and is taking measures to gain market share from Google Chrome. Additionally, Microsoft is also expected to reveal its AI additions to its Office productivity software in an upcoming event. This includes Microsoft’s ChatGPT-like AI, which will be available in Office apps such as Teams, Word, and Outlook.