Bing Chat keeps a conversation history now

Martin Brinkmann
May 22, 2023

Microsoft's Bing Chat search is getting a large number of new features and updates regularly. Microsoft publishes updates regularly on the Bing website that list new features and improvements. The most recent additions to Bing Chat were published a few days ago on the blog.

Some of these improvements were announced in early May 2023 already, but not all Bing Chat users may have seen then by now as Microsoft considers these experiments and not final features.

Microsoft did introduce support for anonymous access to Bing Chat recently.

One of the main new features is Bing Chat's history feature. Users who have this enabled find the history in the top right corner of the screen. Bing displays the last chats there. Users may look at the interactions again using the chat history and also continue conversations, provided that chat turns are still available.

The titles of the entries are based on the first user query of the conversation.

Bing displays four options to users who hover over a chat history entry:

  • Edit the title of the history entry.
  • Delete the entry to remove it from the listing.
  • Share the  conversation with others. Microsoft claims that it has improved the share dialog, as it might take longer than expected to be displayed.
  • Export the conversation to PDF, Word or text files.

Exporting allows Bing Chat users to save conversations to their devices. This was a bit of a nuisance previously, as users could either save the Bing Chat page to HTML or use copy and paste to copy the content of a conversation to the local system.

Microsoft notes that it is continues to add visual elements to Bing Chat to "make chat answers more complete". The company demonstrates the feature with the sample queries "What’s the MSFT stock price?" and "Rank cities in Brazil by population". Bing Chat generated a chart and provided regular answers to these queries. Chats about recipes may also benefit from additional visual elements added to the end of text-based answers.

Another new feature of Bing Chat is that it may now return videos in an overlay. This allows users to watch the video directly in Bing Chat's interface. An option to view it it fullscreen is provided as well. Videos with timestamps have these shown, so that users may jump directly to a specific part of the video.

Company engineers have improved the quality of auto-suggestions, which Bing Chat displays when users type.

Privacy of Microsoft's Edge sidebar feature to summarize and answer questions about documents viewed in the web browser has been improved. Bing Chat won't record logs of conversations that involve content on user PCs or private content that is "otherwise not part of the search index".

You can check out the full announcement on the official Microsoft Bing blog here.

Closing Words

The ability to export conversations is a useful feature, as it simplifies this significantly. Some users might not get to see some or even all of the listed options, as Microsoft is testing these heavily.

Now You: have you tried Bing Chat recently?

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  1. Anonymous said on May 24, 2023 at 10:09 pm

    It’s not clear from the article how much of that shit is integrated into windows and how much sensitive data it will send away. The Microsoft corporate jargon to give an illusion that problematic cases shouldn’t happen sounds like typical bullshit when interpreted as written here.

  2. Tom Hawack said on May 22, 2023 at 8:48 pm

    ‘HuggingChat’ [] now requires registration (free, email is verified) and includes user’s history (which can be deleted).

    1. John G. said on May 23, 2023 at 9:24 pm

      Some new ChatBots, I wonder if all of them are legitimate with good purposes.

  3. John G. said on May 22, 2023 at 4:57 pm

    This history is really easy to delete, no problem for me.

    1. Nameless said on May 23, 2023 at 3:22 pm

      You think you are deleting them but in reality they already have copies of your chat on their servers. Like a poster above said. Twitter recently had restored all deleted posts of users who no longer have an account with Twitter.

      1. John G. said on May 23, 2023 at 9:22 pm

        @Nameless, yes, I know, sorry, I haven’t see your post, I answered in an above comment.

    2. Hitomi said on May 22, 2023 at 10:44 pm

      >he thinks he can delete his data on an online service

      1. John G. said on May 22, 2023 at 11:30 pm

        @Hitomi, as you can delete your files on your OS.

      2. boris said on May 23, 2023 at 4:16 am

        @John G. Read recent articles on Twitter where all deleted posts reappeared because of the bug. Online services do not delete your data. They just keep it away from your eyes. Everything that you posted online stays in some database.

      3. Hitomi said on May 23, 2023 at 3:24 pm

        Exactly, law enforcement wants this. Also not truly deleting data means you can always train new AI models on a treasure trove of decades of posts. It just is moved to cold storage. Look up ZSTD:


        Such data is easily inserted via robot into a disc reader and ZSTD allows decompressing in near realtime at NVME speeds.

        2+2=4, if you see what their research is and how they archive data, you know why they develop compression software and bluray based “tape” libraries.

        They have so much on us and want to access it fast any time in the future.

      4. John G. said on May 23, 2023 at 9:21 pm

        @boris, @Hitomi, You’re both are right, however I was talking about deleting logs, not about erasing them. I know that the logs can be stored wherever they want in whatever unlocated server, anyway at least they let the user “to delete” the history. Indeed I only use Google and Bing for normal searches, and DuckDuckGo for any other more privacy purposes. I meant that if you are aware of privacy issues, just don’t use Google/Bing/Yandex/Yahoo and so forth. Pure common sense, that I hope that several people will use the common sense, of course.

      5. Hitomi said on May 24, 2023 at 11:53 am

        @John G.
        Can we agree to use the term “hiding posts” as a comical jaded outlook on the lie they feed us that we are in control of our own data?

        All in good faith, no offense meant towards you sir and none taken on my end!

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