Microsoft has announced that it is adding OpenAI’s GPT-4 technology to its Office apps, opening the door to deeper integration and help in the future.
The news comes as OpenAI announces an update called GPT-4 that improves on the existing AI that has been taking the internet by storm in recent weeks.
Now, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has confirmed that Office is getting a new integration with GPT-4 that will work with Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint and will help people create documents when needed.
Nadella sat down with Bloomberg to confirm the news, with the OpenAI technology being dubbed Copilot by Microsoft.
AI-powered assistants called Copilots will be able to generate whole documents, emails and slide decks from knowledge the software has gained scanning corporate files and listening to conference calls. The technology will debut in the coming months, and Microsoft is already testing it with 20 companies, including eight in the Fortune 500 that it declined to name.
Microsoft is spending more than $10 billion as part of a partnership with OpenAI and intends to even add a feature that will remind people to make sure that they check text created by the AI, just to make sure it isn’t misbehaving.
“It does a lot of amazing things and gets a lot of things right, but it doesn’t get everything right,” said Jon Friedman, a Microsoft Vice President who oversaw the design of the assistant. That’s why it’s key that humans have control over the process and how content is used, he said.
With all of this set to kick in over the coming months, Microsoft’s betting big on OpenAI and its technology. It’ll be fascinating to see how that pans out and just how well it works in an Office setting.
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