CEO Satya Nadella presented the future of work where AI is active as a way for humans and machines to coexist. Microsoft 365 Copilot, which integrates AI into Word, PowerPoint and Teams, was announced at the event. Business Chat performs a secondary function. It’s not well known, but it applies AI to the power platform, which is the ability to write code. This is a task that has already been proven possible by Bing’s competitor, ChatGPT.
Originally, Microsoft used AI in its strategy for the average consumer. It also unveiled its AI-powered chatbot Bing in late February. Initially, Bing Chat could only be used by joining a waitlist, but that step seems to be gone now. In Bing Chat, there was also a limit to the length of conversations. Bing Chat will now be integrated into Microsoft’s Edge browser sidebar as the Edge Co-Pilot, helping leverage Bing as a content creation tool.
“A new era of computing has begun,” Nadella said. The road to this journey has been on autopilot with AI, but now is the time to move from autopilot to co-pilot.
The heart of the Microsoft event was the same. It’s about extending the AI capabilities that started with Bing, from search tools to content creation tools. Late last year, PCWorld was the first to review Microsoft Designer, a program that creates AI art from text to create flyers and the like. Rival Canva has come up with Magic Write which creates text for blogs or flyers etc. Previously, Microsoft editors suggesting editing in Word or Edge also used an AI-based technology called Context IQ.
AI is increasing explosively on various illustration creation sites and general chatbots. However, there are many limitations to integrating chatbots into the real world. Slack is a company that has recently actively collaborated with OpenAI to integrate its chatbot strategy. Google also plans to launch its own chatbot soon.
But Microsoft has been much more outspoken. Microsoft 365 CoPilot is useful, but potentially error-prone, so the end result should always be checked by the user. That aside, Microsoft 365 CoPilot is likely to work as a user productivity assistant alongside Bing Chat.
Microsoft demonstrated an easy way to use CoPilot in applications such as PowerPoint, Excel, and OneNote. From the sidebar on one side of the app, you can issue commands such as ask a co-pilot a question or create a copy. Frames showed how documents could be lengthened or shortened, and images could be added.
In Word, for example, you can copy certain texts with Co-Pilot, rewrite them at length or change their tone.
Co-Pilot and Business Chat understand the user’s work and the documents they need, and even suggest the most relevant and relevant material the user is working on. In PowerPoint, you can design slides with Co-Pilot, add animations and images, and create speaker notes.
In Excel, you can also ask questions about your data and create new sheets that freely interact with your data. You can also use natural language without referring to specific cells by name. You may also be prompted to add charts to your data.
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In Outlook, co-pilots can summarize and reply to emails.
According to Charles Lamanna, vice president of Power Platforms, teams can use CoPilot to summarize, highlight who said something important, and interact with interactive looping documents. Ramanna also demonstrated how to use Power Automate, one of the Power Platforms, to create an application that notifies customers of issues and summarizes issues.
Microsoft 365 Vice President Jared Spataro said CoPilot will be integrated into all productivity apps over the next few months, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Teams, Viva and Power Platform.
What is Microsoft 365 Business Chat?
According to Spataro, a new service called Business Chat is a feature that works when you apply all your data to knowledge. You can think of them as private, private teams, or Slack channels for individuals. In Teams, co-pilot channels allow you to prepare content for recent meetings and what you need to prepare for future meetings. As with Bing Chat, it even provides the source of the information in the comments under the information.
When Microsoft executives were asked at an event what risks they should be aware of recently, there was remarkable understanding of Microsoft’s natural language capabilities (there were mistakes, of course, and users cheated).