February 12, 2023
After Google and Microsoft, Opera jumps into the AI race by adding ChatGPT to its search service
Opera has announced a new feature that will be added to its browser’s sidebar. The tool is called “shorting” and is a ChatGPT-powered tool that can be used to generate summaries of Web pages and articles.
We are only two months into 2023 and it already looks like it is going to be the year of AI. Ever since Microsoft and Google announced their AI-powered tools, the rise of artificial intelligence has been all people in the industry can talk about. And now Opera has also jumped on the bandwagon and plans to integrate AI into its Web browsers and content apps. In an official blog post, Opera announced that it is “integrating AI-generated content (AIGC) services into its PC and mobile browsers. The company is also “taking steps to extend its existing AI program to AIGC for its browser, news and gaming products through its own solutions and new and existing partnerships.
Opera joins the AI race
Opera has announced a new feature that will be added to its browser’s sidebar. The tool is called “shorten” and is a ChatGPT-powered tool that can be used to generate summaries of Web pages and articles. The blog also shows a short demo video that gives us a glimpse of how ChatGPT will be integrated into the browser.
Song Lin, Co-CEO of Opera, said in the blog post, “In more than 25 years of our company’s history, we have always been at the forefront of browser innovation. Whether inventing browser tabs or providing our users with built-in access to generative AI tools, we are always pushing the boundaries of what is possible on the Web. After the massive interest in generative AI tools, we believe now is the time for browsers to step up and become the gateway to an AI-powered web.”
“We see the rise of Generative Intelligence as the beginning of a new future where developers of consumer apps like Opera will be able to build experiences on top of ai-based platforms. We are excited to see the rapid rollout of developer programs for solutions like Google Bard, for example, and begin building and rolling out new experiences in web browsing that not so long ago seemed impossible to achieve,” added Per Wetterdal, head of strategic partnerships and AI ecosystem at Opera.
However, the new feature has not yet been made available to all users.
Microsoft’s new Bing search
A few days ago, Microsoft also announced a new version of Bing that aims to redefine the way web search works. Users can get on the waiting list to try out the new version of Bing. The company also announced that it will also make changes to the Microsoft Edge browser. Microsoft also recently strengthened its partnership with OpenAI, the parent company of viral chatbot ChatGPT.
Until now, the search market has been dominated by Google, but the company now has competition. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said in a recent interview that although Google is the “800-pound Gorilla” in the search market, Microsoft’s innovation will force them to “come out and dance.
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