Microsoft is making its DALL-E-powered AI image generator “available on desktop for Edge users around the world.” The company announced last month that it would come when it integrated image generation technology into its Bing chatbot, but the move could make it available to a much wider audience.
When it rolls out – me and two others Forget staffers using Edge don’t seem to be able to access it yet – the “Image Creator” will be in Edge’s sidebar. Using it should be quite simple; you type what you want to see and Bing generates several images to match the prompt. Then you can download the one you like and use it however you want.
In a Thursday blog post, Microsoft presents the feature as a way to create “very specific” visuals when working on social media posts or slideshows and documents. While this was previously possible in several ways, you could use OpenAI’s DALL-E, Microsoft’s Bing image creation sitethe built-in image generator in Bing Chat, or one of the many other image generators – putting it right in Edge’s sidebar makes it much easier to ask an AI to snap some photos for you while you’re on something else you are on the internet.
According to Microsoft, you’ll need to manually add it to your sidebar before you can use it, at least for now. To do this, open the sidebar, click the “+” button, then flip the switch next to Image Creator.
Microsoft didn’t immediately comment The edgeis about how many images users could create with the tool or when everyone would expect to see it.
The company is also adding other features to Edge, such as the Drop tool that lets you send files and other content to yourself, creating a personal notebook that syncs across devices. Microsoft too added a tool called “Browser essentials”, which is basically a button you can click to have Edge tell you what a great job it’s doing at being efficient and scanning for malware (although this feature is currently only available in early access builds).