Latest AI news from Microsoft Build conference

Microsoft has started making available to users a host of AI upgrades, including to ChatGPT, its search engine Bing as well as to cloud services.
Satya Nadella and Microsoft leadershipAmong key changes is the rollout of live search results from Bing to ChatGPT, the viral chatbot from its partner OpenAI whose answers originally were limited to information as of 2021.

Now, ChatGPT can pull from Bing web results for paid subscribers and will do so soon for free users, the company said at its annual Microsoft Build conference.

The company is also expanding plug-ins for Bing, using a standard embraced by OpenAI and letting businesses transact more easily with consumers in its search engine.

Developers can use one platform to build plugins that work across both consumer and business surfaces, including ChatGPT, Bing, Dynamics 365 Copilot and Microsoft 365 Copilot.

As part of this shared plugin platform, Bing is adding to its support for plugins and will be the default search experience for ChatGPT. In addition to previously announced plugins for OpenTable and Wolfram Alpha, Microsoft will also have Instacart, Kayak, Klarna, Redfin and Zillow, among many others in the Bing ecosystem.

For instance, one such tool can help a web surfer looking for dinner ideas with a suggested recipe and ingredients that could then be ordered from Instacart in a single click, said Yusuf Mehdi, Microsoft’s consumer chief marketing officer.

The updates to Bing are part of Microsoft’s effort to capture more of the estimated $286 billion market for search advertising globally.

Google has recently showcased generative AI upgrades for its search engine, learning from past data how to respond to open-ended queries where no clear answers exist on the web.

New cloud service features include allowing businesses to build plug-ins connecting to Microsoft 365 Copilot, its AI assistant for enterprises.

The company also said it will make an AI assistant, or copilot, available as a preview for some users of its widespread Windows operating system starting in June. It also announced ways it is helping consumers determine if its AI generated an image or video, similar to an announcement by Google.

Microsoft Copilot will be getting plugin support, providing developers the ability to extend AI-powered experiences across a variety of Microsoft apps and services. Now in limited preview, developers can use plugins to bring their data and code into Microsoft 365 Copilot, to act, and to operate – and interoperate – with other applications and system software. Additionally, Microsoft 365 Copilot will be natively integrated into Microsoft Edge.

Microsoft has also announced Azure AI Studio to make it simple to integrate external data sources into Azure OpenAI Service. These updates enable customers to deploy the most cutting-edge AI models using their own data accelerating time to value for AI powered applications.

Microsoft is releasing Azure AI Content Safety that helps businesses create safer online environments and communities. Models are designed to detect hate, violent, sexual, and self-harm content across languages in both images and text.

The software major announced Microsoft Fabric, a new unified platform for analytics, including data engineering, data integration, data warehousing, data science, real-time analytics, applied observability and business intelligence, all connected to a single data repository called OneLake.

Microsoft announced the Microsoft Dev Box will be generally available in July 2023, as well as new capabilities to the service, including new starter developer images in the Azure marketplace and a specialized developer portal to manage dev boxes and environments in Azure Deployment Environments.

Microsoft announced that Windows Copilot will become available in preview in the coming months. Windows Copilot builds on Bing Chat to provide personalized answers and help users act within Windows 11, like changing a setting, playing a specific playlist, or opening a relevant app.

Microsoft is announcing new ways to increase developer productivity and performance through Dev Home on Windows, including quick machine setup, connection to developer accounts and the ability to manage workflows in one central location.