Developer Wang Dàpéng has launched an AI-powered Bing sidebar extension for Google Chrome, bringing Bing’s chatbot to Chrome users. Originally designed for Microsoft Edge, the sidebar has the same features such as accessing the current webpage or PDFs and is now available for download from the Chrome Web Store.
Although Microsoft has been planning to introduce Bing Chat to other browsers, Bing Chat Sidebar for Chrome has beaten them to the punch by providing an efficient workaround for Google Chrome users.
AI-Powered Bing Chat
This free and open-source extension enables users to interact with Bing Chat, an AI-powered chatbot that leverages Microsoft’s AI and OpenAI’s GPT-4 language model. Bing Chat is known for its capabilities to answer complex queries, provide comprehensive answers and summaries, and present users with suggestions and ideas. It can be used to check news, weather, sports scores, flight timings, or for getting summaries and responses to online content.
The Bing Chat Sidebar for Chrome extension embeds all these capabilities into the Google Chrome browser, enhancing user interaction and convenience.
Integrating Bing Chat into the side panel of Google Chrome is straightforward. Follow these steps:
- Download the Bing Chat Sidebar for Chrome extension from the Chrome Web Store.
- Click on “Add to Chrome” and then confirm by clicking on “Add extension”.
- Once installed, a setup wizard will prompt you to pin the extension to the browser toolbar, then asks you to sign in to your Microsoft account by visiting Bing.com. The sing-in link provided by the sidebar itself does not appear to work. If you don’t have a Microsoft account, you can create one for free.
- Open the extension by clicking on the toolbar’s icon.
And there you have it! You can now engage with Bing Chat from your Google Chrome browser.
This extension uses the chrome.sidePanel API, which is only available since Chrome 114. Therefore it only works with Google Chrome, version 114 or higher, and may not be compatible with other Chromium-based browsers, such as Brave, Arc, Opera, etc.
This extension does not collect any user data. Requests are sent directly from your browser to Bing’s server using HTTPS. There is no middle server and no one else can see the requests, responses, and their content.
Bing Chat Sidebar: Background and Future
Originally, Bing’s chat sidebar was designed for Microsoft Edge, and its primary function is to provide Bing’s chatbot experience while browsing. Its key features include accessing webpages or PDFs, comparing products, summarizing content, and finding key takeaways. To get started, you need to sign in with your Microsoft account and click on the Bing icon in the upper right of your Edge toolbar.
Plans are in motion to roll out Bing Chat to Edge mobile, providing the same functionality as the sidebar, but we dare say there is likely an even bigger audience waiting to get Bing Chat functionality on the Chrome browser.