The Information, citing two sources with direct knowledge of the preparations, reported on Tuesday that Microsoft Corp. is preparing to introduce a version of its search engine Bing that will make use of the AI that powers ChatGPT, a chatbot developed by OpenAI.
Microsoft may introduce the new function by the end of March in an effort to compete with Alphabet’s Google (GOOGL.O), according to a report from a San Francisco-based technology news website.
Microsoft announced its intention to incorporate OpenAI’s DALL-E 2 image-generation software into Bing in a blog post last year.
Microsoft and OpenAI declined to comment.
Microsoft offered $1 billion in cash to San Francisco-based OpenAI in 2019, supporting the startup. In order to build artificial intelligence supercomputing technologies on Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing service, the two have established a multi-year agreement.
On Nov. 30, OpenAI made the ChatGPT chatbot, its most recent development, available for free public testing. The chatbot is a piece of software created to replicate human-like dialogue in response to user input and can answer a wide variety of queries while mimicking human speaking styles.