Microsoft has revealed its thoughts on how artificial intelligence (AI) could shape the way we work in the coming years, and how it plans to help guide those changes. The announcement was made by Microsoft’s Satya Nadella and Jared Spataro at a company event titled The Future of Work with AI.
As the name suggests, the show focused on how artificial intelligence (AI) could affect the way we work, both now and in the future. More specifically, the tech giant discussed how it will add artificial intelligence to its Office suite.
In PowerPoint, for example, you’ll be able to use an AI-powered Copilot that can create entire presentations for you with just a few text prompts. You’ll be able to tell it to make a presentation based on one of your existing documents, and you’ll understand prompts that tell you to add animations or style each slide individually.
Microsoft will also bring Copilot to its other Office apps. You can use it to help you write a speech in Word, put together a to-do list in OneNote, or compose a group email in Outlook. Everything will be editable, either directly changing the text and images yourself or asking Copilot to do it for you.
Copilot does all of this by combining Microsoft 365 apps, a large language model, and Microsoft Graph, which together analyze your files and data to learn how to best help you. As Microsoft explained, it’s not just ChatGPT connected to Office, but much more than that.
Microsoft’s AI efforts have come under intense scrutiny in recent weeks. After the company bought OpenAI, it worked to integrate the ChatGPT chatbot into its products. The result was Bing Chat, but it has been plagued by reports of erratic behavior and disturbing messages since its launch.
Earlier this week, OpenAI introduced GPT-4, the latest edition of the large language model that powers ChatGPT. It was also revealed that Bing Chat is powered by GPT-4 and has been for some time.