Opera builds ChatGPT into its sidebar

Opera adds a ChatGPT powered tool to the sidebar that generates short summaries of web pages and articles. The feature, dubbed “shorten,” is part of the company’s broader plans to integrate AI tools into its browser, similar to what Microsoft is doing with Edge.

As shown in a demo included in Opera’s blog post, you can activate the feature by selecting the “shorten” button to the right of the address bar. From there, a sidebar will pop up with ChatGPT on the left, which will then generate a neat bulleted summary of the article or web page you’re looking at.

“We are excited to see the rapid rollout of developer programs for solutions like Google Bard, and we are starting to build and roll out new web browsing experiences that seemed impossible to achieve not too long ago,” said Per Wetterdal. Opera’s head of strategic partnerships and AI ecosystem in a statement.

However, the “trimming” feature is not yet available to everyone. Jan Standel, Opera’s vice president of marketing and communications, tells The Tech Warrior that it will “launch in browsers very soon.” Opera is also working on other AI-powered features that “improve” the browsing experience and plans to “add popular AI-generated content services to the sidebar,” though it’s not yet clear what this might entail.