Open AI has reenabled the Bing search feature it has added to its ChatGPT AI service after temporarily disabling the feature in early July. “ChatGPT can now browse the internet to provide you with current and authoritative information, complete with direct links to sources. It is no longer limited to data before September 2021,” wrote OpenAI on X.
Browse with Bing. Open AI added Bing Search to ChatGPT as a premium service in May. Doing so added to ChatGPT more up-to-date information and timely information powered by Bing Search. ChatGPT has a data set from 2021 or earlier, which is why using Bing Chat provided a better experience for more timely questions. With Bing Search in ChatGPT, the service can “provide timelier and more up-to-date answers with access from the web,” the company wrote.
The service was for ChatGPT Plus subscribers.
Returned on September 27. Open AI explained, “Since the original launch of browsing in May, we received useful feedback. Updates include following robots.txt and identifying user agents so sites can control how ChatGPT interacts with them. Browsing is particularly useful for tasks that require up-to-date information, such as helping you with technical research, trying to choose a bike, or planning a vacation.”
Who can use it. Browse with Bing is available to Plus and Enterprise ChatGPT users today. Open AI said they will “expand to all users soon.”
To enable, choose Browse with Bing in the selector under GPT-4.
Why we care. The Browse with Bing feature in ChatGPT made the service even more useful to searchers and people with questions. Now that this feature is back, it adds more recent information to ChatGPT.
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