Microsoft pushes for AI innovation with latest initiatives

Microsoft showed that its take on artificial intelligence (AI) is serious business with 50 innovations announced recently. Microsoft has revamped its Bing search engine, Edge browser, and Microsoft 365 Copilot to power it with AI. 

At this year’s Microsoft Build, the technology giant introduced 50 AI innovations as well as plans to further expand the use of the technology across its apps and services, including Windows 11, Microsoft 365, and more.

AI Copilot on Windows 11

Building on the same AI personal assistant that Microsoft previously integrated into Bing, Microsoft 365, and GitHub, the new Windows Copilot will now live within the Windows 11 taskbar.

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Microsoft said it will be the first PC platform that centralizes AI assistance to help people get things done more efficiently and make every user an empowered user of Windows. Combined with the power of Bing and plugins, users can focus on bringing their ideas to life, completing complex projects and collaborating instead of spending energy finding, launching and working across multiple applications.

Copilot Stack

Microsoft has launched several iterations of Copilot, all built under one common architectural stack. Now, the company is making Copilot Stack available so that everyone can build and customize their own Copilots for their applications.

Developers can now use a singular platform to build plugins that work across both consumer and business surfaces. The Copilot Stack will have everything from the AI infrastructure, the foundation models, and the AI orchestration all the way up to the Copilot and its extensibility. Microsoft shared that it will have common extensibility and interoperability across all surfaces including ChatGPT, Bing, Microsoft 365 Copilot, Windows Copilot, and even first- and third-party plugins.

Bing is coming to ChatGPT 

Microsoft is bringing the best of Bing to the ChatGPT experience. The company announced that Bing will function as the default search engine on ChatGPT, which means that the chatbot will now incorporate a top-notch search engine within its system, enabling it to deliver more current and precise answers by accessing information directly from the web.

This latest update of ChatGPT allows users to receive responses based on extensive web searches and data, accompanied by citations for further information, all conveniently provided within the chat.

Azure AI Studio

Microsoft’s new Azure AI Studio is the whole lifecycle toolchain that aims to help developers build, operationalize, and deploy their own next-generation AI apps and Copilots.

Microsoft simplifies the steps to integrate external data sources into Azure OpenAI Service. through the Azure AI Studio. The platform offers built-in AI safety and vector indexing, and allows developers to build and train their own models, ground Azure OpenAI Service and operational support system models using their own data, create prompt workflows, and more.

Microsoft Fabric data analytics platform

Microsoft Fabric is a platform for data analytics that brings together compute and storage, merges all of the full analytics stack product experiences, fuses governance with analytics, and unifies business models across all types of analytics workloads — all connected to a single data repository.

On Microsoft Fabric, customers of all technical levels can experience capabilities in a single, unified experience. And through this unification of data, Microsoft aims to fuel the next generation of AI applications.