Microsoft announced significant upgrades to its AI assistant, Copilot, embedded in Windows 11. In a press release on Tuesday, the company revealed the integration of GPT-4 Turbo, the latest AI model from OpenAI, along with Dall-E 3, a text-to-image generator. These enhancements aim to improve text and image generation, ensuring smarter outcomes with reduced errors.
The move comes following Microsoft’s increased investment in OpenAI, bringing advanced generative AI capabilities to Bing and Windows 11. Copilot, an AI assistant within the operating system, assists users in tasks such as summarizing documents and composing emails. The competitive landscape in generative AI has been intensifying, with Google introducing its AI chatbot, Bard, to Google Search.
OpenAI, known for its groundbreaking AI technology, has faced internal turmoil, including the recent firing and rehiring of CEO Sam Altman. Microsoft capitalized on the situation, hiring Altman and extending offers to other key engineers from OpenAI. The nonprofit organization has been navigating challenges concerning the ethical considerations of AI development.
In addition to the Windows 11 AI upgrades, Bing is set to introduce “Deep Search,” leveraging GPT-4 to provide optimized search results for complex topics. This feature aims to understand users’ queries deeply, offering comprehensive and refined answers by ranking websites based on usefulness and trustworthiness.
Microsoft Edge users will now have the ability to rewrite text copied from websites using Copilot, a feature that might raise concerns among educators. For users not on Windows 11, Microsoft offers a web version of Copilot accessible from any device, extending the reach of its AI capabilities.