Microsoft has announced a major upgrade to the image generator inside its AI-powered Bing Chat. The latest version of OpenAI’s DALL-E 3 model is now available to all Bing Chat and Bing Image Creator users. While the rollout began with Bing Enterprise users and then extended to Bing Image Creator, it is now open to everyone.
DALL-E 3 is OpenAI’s third version of the image generating model. According to the company, it has improved its ability to understand prompts and can now create more creative and photorealistic images. The model has also been integrated into Bing Chat and ChatGPT, making it easier for users to create and refine images by conversing with a chatbot.
Interestingly, Bing is getting access to DALL-E 3 before OpenAI’s own ChatGPT. ChatGPT’s integration is scheduled to happen later this month, but it will initially be available only to paying users. This makes Microsoft’s Bing the go-to image generating tool for the time being.
OpenAI has also introduced new safety tools in DALL-E 3. The model is designed to avoid recreating images of public figures and prevent the generation of hateful or NSFW content. Additionally, Microsoft has embedded watermarks in each AI-generated image within Bing Image Creator and developed its own content moderation system to ensure responsible usage.
Microsoft is not stopping at Bing when it comes to utilizing DALL-E technology. The company is working on a Paint app called “Paint Cocreator” in Windows 11, which will incorporate the DALL-E model, expanding its usage beyond the search engine.
While anyone can theoretically use DALL-E 3 through Bing, the high demand for the service has caused server overload issues. Many users have reported being unable to process new image requests. Microsoft’s Mikhail Parakhin acknowledged this on Twitter, stating, “We expected some strong interest, but we didn’t expect THAT much.”
When the system does work, it not only generates the requested image but also provides suggestions for further customization. For example, it might suggest adding a rainbow in the background or changing a dog to a cat. Despite the current server issues, this interactive feature promises an enjoyable and collaborative way to create images.
With Microsoft leveraging OpenAI’s advanced AI capabilities, Bing’s image generator is poised to become the leading tool for users seeking to generate high-quality images.