Microsoft opens up access to Bing Chat for everyone

Martin Brinkmann
Mar 16, 2023
Updated • Mar 16, 2023

If you did not have a chance to use Microsoft's Bing Chat AI yet, now is your chance to give it a try. Microsoft appears to have opened up access to Bing Chat for everyone.

Users who visit the Bing website and activate the Chat link at the top of the webpage may still get the waitlist prompt that explains that access to the new Bing is required for access to the Chat mode.

The "join the waiting list" button, however, activates access immediately now. It is still necessary to sign-in with a Microsoft account, or create a new one, to gain access to the new Bing.

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Most Windows 10 and 11 customers have access to a Microsoft account already, as Microsoft made it the default option when setting up the PC for the first time. While there are still options available to create a local account during setup, it is no longer as easy as pressing a button in the interface.

Microsoft's launch of the new AI-powered Bing has been a success for the company. Recently, Microsoft revealed that its search engine crossed the 100 million daily active users mark.

Up until recently, interested users had to join a waiting list, if they wanted to gain access to Bing Chat and the new Bing. Some users waited weeks for access in the beginning.

Microsoft has not confirmed the change yet, but it is possible that the company will announce it later today during its AI event. The event's main speakers are Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella  and Microsoft corporate vice president of modern work and business applications, Jared Spataro.

The event, The Future of Work with AI, will be streamed live on the Internet. Interested users may join it on LinkedIn. While Microsoft has not revealed any details regarding the event, it is expected that Microsoft is showcasing integration of AI into Office applications and Microsoft 365.

Microsoft did add Bing Chat to Microsoft Edge 111, which it released earlier this week. The integration did not sit well with some browser users. The new Bing icon in Edge feels oversized to some, and it activates on hover.

We have published a guide on disabling the Bing icon in Microsoft Edge, and a follow-up article on Microsoft adding an option to turn off the Bing button directly in Edge.

We confirmed the skipping of the waitlist today, and colleagues over at The Verge, Windows Central, and Dr. Windows came to the same conclusion. It is possible that Microsoft has free slots to give away, and that the waitlist will kick in when these are used up. For now though, it appears that anyone may start using Bing Chat right away, without having to wait days or even weeks for access.

Microsoft opens up access to Bing Chat for everyone
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Microsoft opens up access to Bing Chat for everyone
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  1. Roebie said on September 16, 2011 at 10:23 am

    “the not so perfect search utility in XP”
    At least it worked. Both Vista and Seven take far too much time indexing and searching on networked drives.
    A search for all files with a certain string in the filename takes 3 times longer on Seven (and 4 times longer on Vista) than on XP.
    The indexing service takes too much memory too.
    I’ll stick to Copernic Desktop Search for now!

  2. Kari said on September 16, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    What a crap! My customers don’t find their documents with windows search function, even if it is almost in right front of you. Microsoft’s policy is to keep everything messy and protected, and the most stupidiest thing is to show different name for the folder than what it actually is.

    Is it too much to ask, if the search function would work like in XP? Yes it is…
    Good luck with Windows Search, third party software rules in this case… too.

  3. Fuddler said on October 18, 2012 at 6:13 am

    The term negation function doesn’t work.

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