After Google I/O Microsoft kicked off its flagship event Microsoft Build 2023. The annual developer’s conference will end on May 25. At the Build the tech giant made some major announcements and the keynote was presented by Satya Nadella, the CEO of Microsoft along with 19 other speakers.
This year’s Microsoft Build was all about AI (Artificial Intelligence). The CEO revealed how its products will be benefited from AI. It showcased how AI will fuel Windows with its own Copilot by introducing Windows Copilot. In addition to this, it is also extending the Bing Chat plugin to Windows and announced a new Hybrid AI tool.
OpenAI released ChatGPT plugins in March of this year. Recently Microsoft also announced Bing plugins which allow ChatGPT and Bing Chat to assist you in finding and making a restaurant reservation using an OpenTable plugin. Similarly, the company has announced that it will adopt the same open plugin standard that OpenAI introduced for ChatGPT. Developers may now create plugins for business and consumer surfaces like ChatGPT, Bing, Dynamics 365 Copilot, Microsoft 365 Copilot, and Windows Copilot using a single platform. Microsoft also disclosed that Bing will become ChatGPT’s default search engine.
As part of this shared plugin platform, Bing is adding to its support for plugins. In addition to previously announced plugins for OpenTable and Wolfram Alpha, we will also have Expedia, Instacart, Kayak, Klarna, Redfin and Zillow, among many others in the Bing ecosystem.
According to the company, developers will now be able to extend Microsoft 365 Copilot with plugins. The ChatGPT, Bing, Teams message extensions and Power Platform connectors are just a few of the plugins for Microsoft 365 that will allow developers to make the most of their current investments. In addition to this by making use of the Microsoft Teams Toolkit for Visual Studio Code and Visual Studio, developers can also create new plugins with ease.
During the announcement, Microsoft also revealed that now developers will be able to integrate their apps and services into Microsoft 365 Copilot with plugins. The ChatGPT, Bing, Teams message extensions and Power Platform connectors are just a few of the plugins for Microsoft 365 Copilot. Moreover, they can also use the Microsoft Teams Toolkit for Visual Studio Code and Visual Studio to quickly create new plugins for Microsoft 365 Copilot. By integrating their data into the Microsoft Graph and contextualizing relevant and useful information using the recently introduced Semantic Index for Copilot, developers may further develop Microsoft 365 Copilot.
More than 50 plugins from partners will be available for customers as part of the early access program, including Atlassian, Adobe, ServiceNow, Thomson Reuters, Moveworks and Mural, with thousands more available by the general availability of Microsoft 365 Copilot.
The company also launched Azure AI Studio which will allow developers to quickly and easily use their own data to support robust conversational AI models like OpenAI’s ChatGPT and GPT-4. Employees, customers, and partners may use natural language-based app interfaces to search through massive amounts of text, photos, and data to find information using Azure OpenAI Service on Your Data, which will soon be available in public preview, and Azure Cognitive Search. Additionally, Microsoft said that Azure Cognitive Search, which is now in private preview, will power vectors in Azure. This technology will enable search applications to be stored, indexed, and delivered through vector embeddings of organisational data, including text, photos, audio, video, and graphs.
The tech giant has also introduced Windows Copilot for Windows 11. With this launch, Windows will be the first PC platform to centralise AI assistance. As per the company “With Bing Chat and first- and third-party plugins, users can focus on bringing their ideas to life, completing complex projects and collaborating instead of spending energy finding, launching and working across multiple applications.” A preview of Windows Copilot will start to become available for Windows 11 in June.
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