When Microsoft announced last month it was bringing OpenAI GPT AI to Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook, the company was just getting started on its commitment to AI. Kind of a lot has happened since then as Microsoft continues to go all-in on AI in myriad ways. Even so, the company has not forgotten that plan for its Office apps and is now preparing to debut the AI integration.
Microsoft is tapping into the GTP 3.5 engine, the latest version of the AI engine that it helped to develop alongside OpenAI. It is thought the company will add components of ChatGPT into Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook. However, this does not seem to be a direct integration with the natural language processing AI that has been gaining attention in recent weeks.
Sources close to the project tell The Verge that Microsoft is preparing to announce the integration of language AI into its Office apps.
Microsoft wants to fold the AI into its autocomplete software on those Office applications. The company has already been testing the integration by using OpenAI GPT to boost Outlook search results.
Using the AI, Outlook users can find what they want without needing to input keywords from emails. Microsoft says the model can also suggest replies in emails and recommend changes to documents in Word.
In recent weeks, Microsoft has become the mainstream leader in the rise of AI in the public consciousness. CEO Satya Nadella has made it clear he wants the company to integrate AI into all its services. We have seen this happen with Skype, but mostly through Microsoft’s extensive partnership with OpenAI.
The company invested billions of dollars into the partnership in recent weeks. We are seeing how that collaboration is reaching another level. This week, Microsoft announced its new Bing that has ChatGPT AI baked in. Furthermore, the AI combines with Bing as a new component in Microsoft Edge.
Google has responded with its Bard chatbot, which will likely come to Google Search. Together, Microsoft and Google are entering an AI war and also transforming search. Not necessarily for the better.
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