Microsoft is bringing AI to the heart of Windows 11

Microsoft is bringing AI to the heart of Windows 11, labeling AI content and making developers’ lives better

At the annual Microsoft Build 2023 developer conference, artificial intelligence, the AI ​​chatbot Bing Chat and new tools for developers using Windows, GitHub and Windows Terminal will be the main topics of discussion. Microsoft promises to add artificial intelligence to almost all Windows branches and replace Cortana with Capilot.

    Image source: Microsoft

Image source: Microsoft

New AI plugins

Microsoft has announced that it will now use the same AI plugin standard as its OpenAI partners. This allows developers to create interoperable plugins for ChatGPT, Bing Chat, Dynamics 365 Copilot, and Microsoft 365 Copilot. Microsoft has also announced support for new plugins for Bing Chat. Recently announced additions include plugins for Instacart, Kayak, Redfin, Zillow, Klarna, OpenTable, and WolframAlpha and many others. Head of Communications Frank Shaw told press that more than 50 plugins for Microsoft 365 Copilot will be announced at the Build conference, including solutions from Atlassian, Adobe, Thomas Reuters and Mural, and by the time Copilot is widely released, “thousands.”

Copilot for Edge and Windows 11

Microsoft will bring some of its Copilot features not currently available for Microsoft 365 to the Edge browser. Copilot AI Assistant already uses large language models to respond to requests from Microsoft 365 Apps like Excel, Word, Teams, Outlook, and PowerPoint. Copilot will now also work with Edge, allowing users to leverage AI in conjunction with a web browser. Windows 11 will use Bing Chat along with third-party plugins and Microsoft’s own. On Windows, the Copilot assistant will replace Cortana and allow users to use artificial intelligence to change settings, open applications and perform other actions, and connect Bing Chat to answer questions from the web.

Cryptographic marking of AI content

Like Google, the Redmond-based company will add “media authentication” to Bing Image Creator and Microsoft Designer. Microsoft technology will use cryptographic techniques to “Labeling and captioning of AI-generated content with metadata about its provenanceThe company says the labels follow the standards of the Content Authentication and Authentication Coalition (C2PA), which Microsoft co-founded. The content labeling feature will roll out in the “coming months” and will support “major image and video formats.”

AI Hub in the Microsoft Store

There will be a section for AI-related apps in the Microsoft Store. Developers can submit their AI-focused work for inclusion in the section. In addition, ratings in the App Store are now scanned, compiled and summarized by artificial intelligence. Additionally, developers can add AI-generated keyword suggestions to their product pages for better search engine optimization.

Dev Home for developers

In addition to AI tools, Microsoft has doubled Windows’ role as a developer tool with a new feature called Dev Home. The innovation allows users to tweak the system, connect to GitHub, create dashboards and other extensions, use GitHub widgets, and monitor CPU and GPU performance. Microsoft also adds a WinGet configuration to the Windows package manager to reduce installation time from days to hours. The WinGet configuration file ensures that you get the correct version of the software packages and frameworks.

There will be a new storage volume for developers, the Dev Drive, which Microsoft says is based on the Resilient File System (ReFS). And of course developer tools also get AI support. Windows Terminal gets support for GitHub Copilot Microsoft says it also wants to add GitHub’s Copilot-style AI to other developer tools like WinDBG.

You’ll likely hear more about the new features at the Microsoft Build inaugural presentation with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella today at 7:00 p.m.

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Robbie Elmers

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