As big tech goes all-out with generative AI, new products leveraging this technology continue to decline on an almost daily basis. This technology allows computers to draw, write, code, etc. much like humans, and the list of use cases continues to grow.
Microsoft is probably at the forefront of generative AI deployment. The company, which has been criticized for stagnant innovation over the past few years, is now releasing a series of unique AI-powered services. From the new Bing with ChatGPT-like chat capabilities to Microsoft 365 Copilot for productivity boosts, here’s a list of all the AI products Microsoft has announced over the past few months.
In early February, Microsoft announced a new version of Bing with features like ChatGPT. The new Bing has a chat feature, initially powered by OpenAI’s next-generation version of his GPT-3.5 model, but it appears to have recently been upgraded to GPT-4.
With the new Bing, you can ask questions and get detailed, human-like responses to even oddly specific queries with citations that link to the original source. Chatbots can also help with creative needs like writing articles and poetry.
Bing Image Creator
Microsoft also announced an image creator powered by Dall-E late last month. This allows you to create an image simply by describing the photo you want to see in words. This feature was previously limited to Bing Preview users, but is now available to all users. The image creator is placed in the Edge sidebar, but you may need to add it manually using the + icon.
Microsoft 365 Copilot
Microsoft 365 Copilot is a new feature that uses AI to help you work smarter and faster. Connect with data and apps to turn words into actions. You can use Copilot to write, edit, summarize, create, analyze, and communicate natural language commands.
Copilot also introduces Business Chat. This is a new way to generate status updates or schedule meetings based on your data. Copilot is enterprise ready and respects your privacy and security. We are currently testing with some customers and will be available soon. Once deployed, it should appear across Office apps such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Teams.
Microsoft Security Copilot
Security Copilot is a new AI-powered security tool that Microsoft integrates with end-to-end security products, extending to a growing ecosystem of third-party products over time.
This tool helps defenders respond to threats more quickly and effectively. We use generative AI and Microsoft’s global threat intelligence to provide clear, actionable insights and guidance to reduce risk. Security Copilot can also answer questions in natural language and summarize the work done by analysts. It’s currently in preview and not yet publicly available.
The Copilot integration, which has already been released for other Microsoft 365 apps, was also announced for OneNote on Wednesday. Powered by GPT-4, his OneNote can now generate content such as summaries, outlines, bullet points, and even poems. You can even ask OneNote to rewrite or improve existing notes, or suggest related topics and sources.
You can now access Bing Chat directly in the SwiftKey Keyboard app. A new update to SwiftKey will allow users to access their chatbots from anywhere, making the Bing Mobile app more or less unnecessary.
To access the new Bing Chat integration, users will need to download the beta version of SwiftKey on the Google Play store. At this time, there is no confirmation as to when it will come to iOS.
GitHub Copilot X
Programmers are already using GitHub Copilot to accelerate their programming workflows, and the new GPT-4 Copilot X makes it even better. Copilot X introduces new features such as chat and voice interfaces, pull request support, documentation assistance, and more.
Developers can now interact with AI assistants in natural language and get code suggestions, explanations, fixes, tests, and more. GitHub Copilot X aims to reduce boilerplate and manual tasks, allowing developers to focus on the big picture.
Microsoft Viva Sales
Microsoft’s CRM companion application, Viva Sales, is “designed to help salespeople be more productive, reduce workload, save time, and help salespeople sell more.” but recently got a new experience powered by generative AI. It helps sellers communicate more effectively with prospects and customers.
Based on data from CRM systems connected with Microsoft Graph, Viva Sales now generates recommended email content for a variety of scenarios, such as responding to a ticket or creating a proposal. This feature is available through a preview program and is intended to save time and improve customer satisfaction for your sales team. Viva Sales also provides conversational intelligence and insights to help optimize seller performance.
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First published date: Aug 4, 2023 16:11 IST