In response to announcements this week by its rival Google, Microsoft on Thursday bragged about its most recent ambitions to give artificial intelligence (AI) into the hands of more consumers with updates to its own widely used office software.
The tech corporation previewed an updated AI “copilot” for Microsoft 365, a collection of Word documents, PowerPoint presentations, Excel spreadsheets, and Outlook emails. AI will provide drafts in these applications, thus speeding up content creation and freeing up time for workers. It will first be available to a small number of commercial clients for testing,
The Redmond, Washington-based company demonstrated a new “business chat” experience that can collect data and execute activities across applications in response to a user’s textual demand, outperforming competitors through investments in OpenAI, the company that created ChatGPT.
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“We believe this next generation of AI will enable a new wave of productivity growth,” Satya Nadella, Microsoft’s CEO, said in a live-streamed presentation.
Microsoft said AI can make its Excel spreadsheet software’s computational magic accessible to anyone who can describe a calculation they want to perform in plain English. This was one of the company’s most significant updates on Thursday.
Like the live notes by AI that Google showed reporters this week, Microsoft also claimed that AI can summarize email chains and online meetings as they happen in its Teams collaboration program.