Microsoft Ignite 2023 has blown the lid off with a flood of announcements, and the buzzword is Artificial Intelligence (AI). This year, as you may guess, the focus is on AI. The big player? Generative AI, taking the helm in Microsoft’s latest reveals. From beefing up language models on Azure to expanding the Copilot lineup, the event marks a turning point in how we engage with AI.
The kickoff was no small affair, with Microsoft dropping over 100 announcements covering Windows, Microsoft 365, and Azure. And guess what’s stealing the spotlight? AI, of course. Here’s the lowdown on the key highlights from Microsoft Ignite 2023.
Microsoft Ignite 2023: Copilot is the protagonist
Out with the old and in with the new! Bing Chat Enterprise is making way for the revamped Copilot experience. This is more than just a name change – a complete makeover. The fresh Copilot, slated to launch on December 1, 2023, is not your average chatbot. It’s a secure hub for commercial data, especially for those hooked into Microsoft’s Entra cloud-based identity management service.
Copilot isn’t sticking to its old haunts. It’s extending its reach to the Edge for Business management interface. Admins note that Copilot is here to help with recommended policies and extensions for your workplace browser. And that’s not all; there’s a new adoption dashboard for Microsoft Viva, giving insights into how Copilot features reshape user workflows.
Copilot doesn’t discriminate. It plays nicely with Teams, Outlook, Salesforce, ServiceNow, and Zendesk. And the Copilot family is growing, covering Dynamics 365, Microsoft 365, GitHub, and Viva. Third-party suppliers are invited to the party, bringing plugins and connections from Jira, Trello, Confluence, Freshworks, and more. Exciting times ahead for Copilot in Microsoft 365 – Teams is gearing up to turn live meeting transcripts into interactive documents.
Meet Copilot Studio
Imagine ChatGPT but for forming copilots – that’s Copilot Studio. Microsoft’s AI solution development tool is playing with Azure features, speech recognition, sentiment analysis, and Power Platform connections. It takes the reins with Copilot Studio, steering the ship in the development process. The impact is real – early adopters report increased productivity, loyalty, and time savings according to Microsoft’s yearly Work Trend Index.
Microsoft’s Dive into Custom AI Chips
Big news on the hardware front – Azure Maia, a custom AI processor, and Azure Cobalt, an Arm-powered CPU, are making their debut in 2024. These processors aim to shake things up, reducing reliance on Nvidia and paving the way for an AI-dominated future in Azure data centers.
Unified Project Management with Microsoft Planner
Streamlining project management is the goal, and Microsoft is making it happen in spring 2024. Microsoft Planner merges Microsoft To Do, Microsoft Planner, and Microsoft Project for the web into one seamless experience within Microsoft Teams.
Windows AI Studio: AI Made Simple
Teaming up with Nvidia, Microsoft introduces Windows AI Studio. It’s a hub for developers to dive into AI models on their Windows PCs. Windows AI Studio simplifies the AI configuration process with a guided workspace setup and easy access to tools and models.
Microsoft Teams is getting a facelift with AI-powered features. The “decorate your background” feature, set for early 2024, uses generative AI effects to spruce up video calls, making them look more professional by cleaning up the clutter.
In a nutshell, Microsoft Ignite 2023 is ushering in a new era of AI integration, promising increased productivity and a personalized digital experience. As these innovations take center stage, Microsoft is steering the ship towards a future where AI is at the forefront of how businesses and individuals interact with technology. Get ready for an exciting journey into the world of AI with Microsoft!