Microsoft launches an AI-powered 'visual search' feature on Bing, similar to Google Lens

Microsoft's Bing will allow its user to search, shop and learn more about their world through the photos they take.

Aiming to take on Google's image recognition mobile app, Microsoft has launched a new "visual search" function for Bing which lets users click a picture of something with their mobile phone to search for it online.

The 'Visual Search' option on Bing. Image: Bing.

The 'Visual Search' option on Bing. Image: Bing.

"Today (23 June) we're launching new intelligent 'Visual Search' capabilities that build upon the visual technology already in Bing so you can search the web using your camera. Now you can search, shop and learn more about your world through the photos you take," the Bing team wrote in a blog post late on 22 June.

The feature looks very similar to Google Lens that was announced during Google I/O 2017 conference.

It brings offerings seen from third parties that leverage the power of artificial intelligence (AI) to perform quick and accurate object recognition on photographs.

"Imagine you see a landmark or flower and want to learn more. Simply take a photo using one of the apps, or upload a picture from your camera roll. Bing will identify the object in question and give you more information by providing additional links to explore," the company added.





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