Microsoft’s Office suite’s Word, Excel, and Outlook emails now incorporate artificial intelligence features.
Copilot, the new tool announced by the firm on Thursday, is a processing engine enabling users to perform tasks like summarizing lengthy emails, creating stories in Word, and animating PowerPoint slides.
Microsoft promotes the function as a tool to help employees be more productive by freeing up time they typically spend on their email or facilitating more accessible Excel trend analysis.
The Redmond, Washington-based technology behemoth will include a ChatGPT-like Business Chat messaging feature.
It accepts commands and executes them using user input, such as summarizing an email to colleagues about a specific project.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella stated, “Today marks the next significant step in the evolution of how we engage with computing, which will profoundly change how we work and unlock a new wave of productivity growth.
Moreover, businesses like Mattel, Instacart, and others have started incorporating generative AI technologies like ChatGPT and the image generator Dall-E to generate concepts for new toy cars and respond to customers’ food-related queries.
Google, a competitor of Microsoft, announced this week that it is incorporating generative AI techniques into its own Workspace programs, including Google Docs, Gmail, and Slides. According to Google, the functionalities will be available to its “trusted testers on a rolling basis throughout the year.”
According to Microsoft spokesperson Jessica Dash, only 20 commercial clients currently have access to the new Office features. It will be made available to more retail customers in the upcoming months.
The statement was made two days after the release of GPT-4, the newest version of OpenAI’s artificial intelligence model, which powers the generative AI technology that Microsoft is relying on.