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Despite it nominally being a Surface-centric event, Microsoft sure spent a lot of time talking about AI on Thursday. “We believe it has the potential to help you be more knowledgeable, more productive, more creative, more connected to the people and things around you,” Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella told the assembled crowd of reporters. “We think there’s also an opportunity beyond work and life to have one experience that works across your entire life.”
To that end, Microsoft announced that its CoPilot AI, which currently exists in various iterations in the Edge browser, Microsoft 365 platform and Windows, will be bundled into a single, unified and ubiquitous generative AI assistant across all of Microsoft’s products — from Powerpoint to Teams.
“It’s kind of like your PC now it’s kind of becoming your CP. We believe Copilot will fundamentally transform the relationship with technology and user in a new era of personal computing, the age of Copilots,” Nadella said. He also noted that the new AI will also have the “power to harness all your work data and intelligence,” inferring that the system will be tunable to a customer’s personal data silo.
The updated AI will offer a number of features and functions that we’ve already seen in other rival systems such as being able to shop for clothing based on a picture of them, a la Google Lens, or have it summarize the contents of complicated email chains, a la ChatGPT.
“It’s starting roll out on September 26th, informed by what you’re doing on your PC,” Yusuf Mehdi, CVP Consumer Chief Marketing Officer, said on stage. The AI will arrive as part of the new Windows 11 release, which Medhi confirmed will “have over 150 new features and be the biggest update since it was first released.”
Microsoft has been at the forefront of the generative AI revolution since the debut of ChatGPT last November. The company has spent years and millions of dollars in R&D working on the technology, including purchasing GitHub in 2019 and dramatically expanding its ongoing partnership with OpenAI that past January.
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