Microsoft news recap: third-party plugins coming to Bing Chat, Xbox Game Pass referral scheme, and more

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Microsoft news recap is a weekly feature highlighting the top Microsoft news stories of the past week. Sit back, grab some coffee, and enjoy the read!

Bing Chat finally hits general availability, with third-party plugins on the way

This week saw Bing Chat enter general availability, ending the need to join a waitlist to get access, instead people can jump straight in to using Bing Chat. Additionally, Microsoft has confirmed that it is working to add third-party plugin in support, giving an example of finding and booking a restaurant on OpenTable via Bing Chat.

Microsoft further integrates the new Bing in Edge

As Microsoft continues to push the new Bing, the company has begun testing a new “Ask Bing Chat” option in the right-click context menu when selecting text. The new option is not currently available to everyone, but does offer a new way to access Bing Chat and send information to it to receive more context.

Xbox Game Pass unveils new friend referral program

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and PC Game Pass members are receiving a new feature to invite up to five friends to a 14-day free trial of PC Game Pass, as part of a new friend referral program that has been launched.

Minecraft Legends gets its first update as game surpasses 3 million players

The latest game under the Minecraft umbrella, Minecraft Legends, has crossed the 3 million players mark, and also saw its first update this week, bringing a number of improvements, but notably the ability to invite friends to join your team in matchmaking.

That’s it for this week. We will be back next week with more Microsoft news.