At Build 2023, Microsoft has launched a new feature in its Azure AI platform that allows developers to create their own generative AI chatbot copilots using OpenAI models and their own data. The feature, called Azure AI Studio, was announced at the company's annual Build conference on Tuesday. This service build on Microsoft's Azure OpenAI Service.
A generative AI chatbot copilot is an app that uses natural language processing and generation to assist users with various tasks, such as writing emails, creating presentations, designing websites, and more. Microsoft has already developed several such apps, such as Windows Copilot, which helps users with Windows 11 tasks, and PowerPoint Copilot, which helps users with slide design and content.
However, these apps are limited by the data and models that Microsoft provides. They cannot access or leverage the proprietary data or services of different organizations or domains. That's where Azure AI Studio comes in. It enables developers to customize and fine-tune their own copilots using OpenAI models like GPT-4, which can generate coherent and relevant text based on a given prompt or context.
Back in January, Microsoft announced the general availability of its Azure OpenAI Service. In March, the company revealed OpenAI's GPT-4 is now available on the service. GPT-4 is a generative and multimodal email that can generate content such as text, voice, and images.
Azure AI Studio builds on the platform an also allows developers to add their own data sources, such as internal documents, databases, or web pages, to enrich the copilot's knowledge and capabilities. Moreover, it ensures that the data is secure and compliant with the organization's policies and access rights. Developers can also integrate third-party plugins to extend the copilot's functionality and connect it to other services or platforms.
Democratizing AI for Consumers and Businesses
Microsoft claims that its Azure OpenAI Service, which hosts the OpenAI models and powers the copilots, is currently serving more than 4,500 companies across various industries and domains. Some of the customers include Coursera, Grammarly, Volvo, and IKEA.
Microsoft's Azure AI Studio is part of the company's vision to democratize AI and empower developers and users with intelligent tools and services. By enabling customers to build their own generative AI chatbot copilots, Microsoft hopes to enhance productivity, creativity, and collaboration across different scenarios and domains.
AI has been the theme of Build 2023 this year. In fact, Microsoft's annual developer conference has never been so unified in its vision. Microsoft is all-in on AI and the technology is now weaving its way through the company's products. So much so that it is now connecting previously disparate services, whether it is Windows, Office, Azure, or even Skype and Xbox.
If you want to know more about Microsoft's AI announcements, the following links will take you directly to the relevant story:
- Microsoft Fabric, Copilot for Power BI, and Copilot for Power Pages
- Plugin ecosystem for Bing, ChatGPT, and Microsoft 365 Copilot
- Windows Copilot AI assistant
- New Windows 11 IT Innovations