ChatGPT's Real-Time Internet Access: A Limited but Powerful Feature for Subscribers

OpenAI has addressed a significant limitation in ChatGPT, allowing it to access real-time internet data. However, this feature comes with a catch—it's exclusive to ChatGPT Plus and Enterprise subscribers.

ChatGPT, OpenAI's multifunctional chatbot, has earned its reputation for assisting users with various tasks, from writing and coding to research and travel planning. Yet, there has been one persistent limitation since its launch, which has finally been resolved—for those willing to invest in premium access.

In a recent announcement via X (formerly Twitter), OpenAI revealed that ChatGPT can now access the internet in real time, providing direct links to its sources. This added functionality is a game-changer for ChatGPT Plus and Enterprise subscribers, breaking the shackles of information limitations prior to 2021 and significantly enhancing the chatbot's capabilities.

This internet access is made possible through Microsoft's Bing web browser, following an earlier partnership announcement at Microsoft Build in May. Initially, this feature was introduced to ChatGPT Plus users but was temporarily withdrawn by OpenAI due to concerns about users bypassing paywalls.

OpenAI has diligently taken user feedback into account, incorporating improvements such as "following robots.txt" and "identifying user agents," allowing websites to control ChatGPT's interactions with them.

Activating this feature is a breeze for ChatGPT Plus and Enterprise users. All they need to do is select "Browse with Bing" from the dropdown menu under GPT-4.

For those who don't have access to this feature yet, OpenAI promises that it will be extended to all users soon. In the meantime, Bing Chat serves as a reliable alternative, supported by GPT-4, offering internet access, source citations, and free access.

This exciting announcement follows closely on the heels of OpenAI's revelation that ChatGPT can now "see, hear, and speak," meaning it can accept image and voice prompts while also delivering voice responses. However, just like the new search and response features, this capability is currently limited to ChatGPT Plus and Enterprise users and will gradually roll out to all users over the next two weeks. 

The future of ChatGPT is bright, with these advancements poised to redefine how users interact with AI-driven chatbots, opening up possibilities previously thought unattainable.

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