As part of its Microsoft Build 2023 announcements, Microsoft announced that its AI-powered assistant for its suite of office products, 365 Copilot, will receive plug-ins. With the update, users will be able to upgrade the assistant’s features and tailor it to meet their unique requirements.
According to a blog post by Microsoft EVP Rajesh Jha, there will be three different kinds of Microsoft 365 Copilot plug-ins, including plug-ins utilizing OpenAI’s ChatGPT technology, Teams messaging extensions, and Power Platform connectors.
There will be more than 50 plug-ins available when the early access programme debuts, including plug-ins from Atlassian and Adobe. Microsoft claims that there will be thousands of plug-ins available when they go live.
It is the organization’s most recent effort to make its AI tools more adaptable for a wider range of users and might play a significant role in how the organization sets itself apart from its rivals. Under the Duet AI branding, Google has its own AI tools geared towards productivity, although they are not yet generally accessible and do not enable plug-ins.
It is not just Copilot that is getting plug-ins; last month, Microsoft revealed that plug-ins will be coming to its Bing AI, which might be beneficial for, for instance, finding a restaurant reservation through OpenTable.
Additionally, Microsoft and OpenAI are supporting an “open standard for plug-ins that integrates across OpenAI’s ChatGPT and Microsoft copilot offerings,” Jha wrote. OpenAI recently announced support for plug-ins with ChatGPT.