Microsoft today introduced the Copilot AI assistant for Office suite applications from Microsoft 365. With the introduction of the AI-based chatbot in Bing, Microsoft is moving towards integrating large OpenAI language models into its Office applications. Microsoft’s announcement comes just days after Google announced AI capabilities for Workspace, including AI-assisted text generation in Gmail, Docs and more.
Copilot for Microsoft 365 Apps and Services, based on OpenAI’s GPT-4, will appear as a sidebar chatbot to generate text in Word, create PowerPoint presentations or create Excel PivotTables. Copilot helps you prepare for a meeting in Microsoft Teams and provides updates on related projects and organizational changes. Copilot also integrates with Outlook, so you can spend less time deleting and replying to emails. It can help you group email topics or create draft replies with the ability to set the tone and length of the email.
Microsoft claims that Copilot isn’t just ChatGPT added to Microsoft 365. It combines Microsoft 365 Apps with Microsoft Graph data and analytics and the GPT-4 neural network. With Microsoft Graph, you can handle the user’s unique context and be more efficient. When creating a document based on user data, Copilot queries Microsoft Graph for context and data, and then sends a modified query to the GPT-4 large language model. The AI response is also checked for security and compliance using Microsoft Graph.
Microsoft также планирует запустить функцию Business Chat для работы с данными и приложениями Microsoft 365. Business Chat будет использовать Microsoft Graph для объединения документов, презентаций, электронных писем, заметок и контактов в единый интерфейс чата в Microsoft Teams, который будет генерировать сводки, обзоры планирования и many other things.
Microsoft is certainly moving fast with its vision for AI-powered office apps, which is a valid concern, especially since Microsoft recently fired its entire AI ethics team. The team worked to identify the risks associated with Microsoft’s implementation of OpenAI language models in software and services.
Jared Spataro, CEO of Microsoft 365, doesn’t share these concerns. “To meet the needs of our customers, we must act quickly and responsibly, while learning says Spataro. — We test Co-pilot with a small group of customers to get feedback and improve our models as we scale. We clarify how the system makes decisions by flagging limitations, citing sources, and prompting users to review, review, and correct content based on expertise.”.
Microsoft is currently testing Copilot with 20 customers and plans to gradually expand test coverage. The company promises to release more technical details, availability dates and pricing for Copilot in the coming months.