Microsoft is set to release an update to Windows 11 that will bring its AI-powered Bing capabilities to the forefront of the operating system's taskbar.
The AI tool will be accessible via the Windows search box, which has over 500 million users every month, making it prime real estate for the company to expose more users to the new feature.
While only users of the new Bing preview will have access to its additional AI capabilities out of the gate, Microsoft plans to continue adding users to the preview who have signed up for the new Bing waitlist.
Earlier this month, Microsoft expressed interest in reining in Bing's AI chatbot after users highlighted responses that were sometimes inaccurate or emotionally reactive.
Despite these early setbacks, the company told CNN that it feels "very good about the product experience for people" and continues to learn from feedback. Microsoft has been expanding its efforts in AI, investing in OpenAI and launching its own AI chatbot tool earlier this year.
In addition to the Bing integration, Microsoft is also taking steps to improve the Windows experience for Apple and Samsung users.
Apple users will now be able to receive iOS alerts and messages directly on their Windows 11 devices, potentially chipping away at Apple's closed ecosystem.
For Samsung users, Microsoft is making it easier to activate their phone's personal hotspot with a single click from within the Wi-Fi network list on their PC. The company is also adding a Recent Websites feature that allows users to transfer their browser sessions from their smartphone to their Windows PC.
These updates reflect Microsoft's greater effort to "go all-in on AI," according to Patrick Moorhead, president and principal analyst at Moore Insights and Strategy.