Microsoft reportedly introduces an AI-powered copilot for its products. The new Microsoft 365 Copilot will be working in apps such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Teams, Outlook, and many more.
Microsoft Reportedly Introduces AI Powered Copilot for Its Products
After a month of announcing artificial intelligence integration with its search engine Bing and web browser Edge, Microsoft is now introducing Microsoft 365 Copilot which is a tool that will work with users in its collection of apps and this is inclusive of Excel, PowerPoint, Word, and many more. Microsoft in a blog post on Thursday said that the new AI tool will help to increase productivity and creativity.
“Copilot gives you a first draft to edit and iterate on — saving hours in writing, sourcing, and editing time. Sometimes Copilot will be right, other times usefully wrong — but it will always put you further ahead,” executive vice president at Microsoft Jared Spataro wrote of how the tool will get to work in Word.
How Generative AI Technologies Can Be Of Help
Generative AI technologies can help to create drafts of documents or emails that are really useful, but they are however prone to issues such as “hallucinations,” fabricated responses that sound kind of plausible but are inaccurate. The Microsoft 365 Copilot can also create PowerPoint presentations and Excel data visualization with a prompt, Spataro wrote. It’ll also draft email responses and summarize long email threads in Outlook.
The Microsoft 365 Copilot Program Is In Testing
The Microsoft 365 copilot program is at the moment being tested by 20 partners, although it’ll be available “more broadly in the coming months,” Microsoft in a separate blog post stated.
The tech company also announced Business Chat, which is a feature that uses AI across your Microsoft apps in a bid to aggregate information and then return it in response to a written prompt.
Microsoft Previously Promised To Integrate AI into More of Its Products
When the company unveiled the new Bing back in February, Microsoft promised to integrate AI into many more of its products. The company is among a couple of businesses in the race to bring new AI capabilities to its services. Google earlier this week said that it is adding AI tools to its Workspace apps, and this is including generative writing features in both Gmail and Docs.
Facebook parent Meta also is experimenting with AI-powered chat on WhatsApp and Messenger, and Grammarly on the other hand is launching an AI feature to help craft email messages, social media posts, and many more.
Analyst Rowan Curran’s Assessment of the Development
The ability to make use of AI to summarize or synthesize within commonly used apps could have significant impacts and effects on workflow, Rowan Curran, an analyst at Forrester, in an email to CNET stated.
“Having capabilities to generate a summarization of a white paper into a blog post and the ability to do it within your core productivity app reduces the friction around integrating these tools into workflows because the user doesn’t have to go to a different tool to use them,” he reportedly wrote.
Microsoft on Tuesday confirmed that Bing is utilizing OpenAI’s GPT-4 technology