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Microsoft Ignite 2023 Unveils Copilot: Microsoft’s annual IT event, Ignite 2023, showcased a significant focus on AI product reveals and expansions, underscoring the company’s commitment to artificial intelligence. CEO Satya Nadella’s dedication to AI was evident throughout the event, featuring various updates and announcements.
Microsoft Ignite 2023 Unveils Copilot: Copilot Takes Center Stage: Bing Chat Becomes Copilot
Microsoft rebranded its AI-powered chatbot, Bing Chat, to Copilot in Bing, marking a strategic move to enhance its competitiveness against ChatGPT and other chatbots. The renaming is seen as an effort to separate the technology from Bing’s search engine and broaden its application. Copilot is now accessible in Windows, Copilot.Microsoft.com, and Bing, included in Microsoft 365 F3 from December 1. For other customers, it will be available at $5 per month.
Custom Chips for AI Independence
In a bold move to reduce dependence on GPUs, Microsoft introduced two custom-designed, in-house AI chips: the Azure Maia 100 AI Accelerator and the Azure Cobalt 100 CPU. Maia 100 is tailored for training and running AI models, while Cobalt 100 focuses on general-purpose workloads. Set to roll out early next year to Azure data centers, these chips will initially power services like Copilot and the Azure OpenAI Service.
Expanded AI Toolset: Copilot Azure, Copilot for Service, Copilot Studio, and Copilot in Dynamics 365 Guides
Microsoft unveiled new AI tools within its Copilot brand of generative AI technologies:
- Copilot for Azure: Positioned as Microsoft’s response to Google Cloud’s Duet AI, this chat-driven assistant for cloud customers is currently available in preview.
- Copilot for Service: Tailored for customer service, this tool answers common queries by leveraging information from a company’s websites, knowledge articles, and offline databases.
- Copilot in Dynamics 365 Guides: Utilizing generative AI, this tool summarizes information beneficial to frontline workers, overlaying it on the equipment they maintain. Launch initially in private preview with a limited set of customers and capabilities.
Conclusion: Microsoft’s AI Future Unveiled
Microsoft’s Ignite 2023 demonstrated the company’s clear direction toward a future deeply intertwined with artificial intelligence. From rebranded chatbots to in-house AI chips and an expanded suite of AI tools, Microsoft aims to position itself as a leader in the evolving landscape of AI technologies.