Published on November 17, 2023, 7:24 am

Microsoft Unveils Exciting Ai Updates And Announcements At Ignite 2023

Microsoft’s Ignite 2023 event was filled with exciting updates and announcements, particularly in the field of AI. With CEO Satya Nadella’s emphasis on the company’s commitment to AI, Ignite served as proof of Microsoft’s dedication to this technology.

One significant reveal was the rebranding of Bing Chat, an AI-powered chatbot, to Copilot. This change aims to position Copilot as a competitor to ChatGPT and other popular chatbots while divorcing it from the search engine association. Copilot is now accessible in Windows and will be included in Microsoft 365 F3 starting December 1.

Microsoft also introduced two custom-designed AI chips, Azure Maia 100 AI Accelerator and Azure Cobalt 100 CPU. These chips aim to reduce dependency on GPUs and enhance performance for training and running AI models. They are set to roll out to Azure data centers early next year.

In terms of generative AI technologies, Microsoft unveiled new tools under the Copilot brand. Copilot for Azure serves as a chat-driven assistant for cloud customers and is currently available in preview. Copilot for Service assists customer service agents by answering commonly asked questions using various sources of information. Copilot in Dynamics 365 Guides uses generative AI to provide useful information overlayed on the equipment being maintained by frontline workers. Moreover, users can create customized copilots using Copilot Studio, which is now available in public preview.

Microsoft Teams also received updates with features like background decoration and AI-driven noise reduction. The “decorate your background” feature allows users to clean up clutter or add virtual decorations during video calls, while noise reduction aims to eliminate repetitive background noise and voices from other participants.

To streamline project management tools, Microsoft is consolidating its planning tools (Microsoft To Do, Microsoft Planner, and Microsoft Project) into one unified product for a more cohesive experience. Additionally, Planner will introduce a copilot that helps users plan tasks faster and suggests new tasks.

Microsoft also announced a policy to defend and compensate Azure OpenAI Service customers against copyright infringement claims resulting from the use of the service. Eligible subscribers must implement technical measures and comply with risk mitigation documentation.

To extend generative AI experiences from the cloud to Windows devices, Microsoft introduced Windows AI Studio, a toolkit that brings together AI tools and a catalog of generative AI models for developers to customize and deploy in their Windows apps.

Lastly, Microsoft unveiled an AI Speech text-to-speech avatar tool that can create photorealistic avatars of individuals and animate them to say things they didn’t necessarily say. However, access to custom avatars is currently limited.

If you missed the Ignite event or want to relive it, you can watch highlights from the keynote on Microsoft’s website. The event showcased Microsoft’s commitment to pushing the boundaries of AI technology and introducing innovative solutions for IT professionals.

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