Microsoft hopes AI can save Bing from Google search hegemony
08 February 2023 | 3:41 pm
Microsoft says it is revamping its Bing search engine and Edge web browser with artificial intelligence akin to ChatGPT, in the hopes of making inroads into Google's dominance of online searches.
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