Yusuf Mehdi, Microsoft Corporate Vice President of Modern Life, Search and Devices speaks during an event introducing a new AI-powered Microsoft Bing and Edge at Microsoft in Redmond, Washington on February 7, 2023.

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Microsoft on Wednesday announced the preview of its new Bing and Edge apps for iPhone and Android, which include new features like voice search and access to its AI chatbot.

In the Bing mobile app, users can tap the Bing icon to start a chat session, where they can ask a variety of questions via text or with their voices, according to a release. The answers can be displayed in bulleted lists, in simplified answers or in a traditional text format. Users will also be able to access updates for Bing through the home page of the Edge mobile app, Microsoft said.

Microsoft also announced AI-powered Bing for Skype on Wednesday. Users can add Microsoft’s AI to group chats and ask it questions. The chatbot will provide answers for the entire group. People can ask Bing for travel suggestions, or ask about the weather or about the latest award shows, for example. Similar to the Bing mobile app, answers can be displayed in bulleted lists, simplified answers, or text format.

Bing in Skype is available in worldwide preview.

On February 7, Microsoft held an event at its headquarters in Redmond, Washington, and it announced AI-powered updates to the company’s Bing search engine and Edge browser. The updates were initially released on the desktop in a limited preview, which means users get a limited number of questions to search during the initial period.

CEO Satya Nadella said artificial intelligence-powered search is the biggest thing to happen to his company in the nine years he’s been at the helm.

“I haven’t seen anything like this since I would say 2007-2008, when the cloud was just coming out,” Nadella told CNBC’s Jon Fortt in an interview after the Microsoft event.