If you have Windows 11 installed on your computer, today’s topic is of interest to you, since a few hours ago Microsoft announced all the new features coming to its OS.
Yesterday Microsoft Build took place, a big event focused on artificial intelligence, the operating system and the Microsoft ecosystem.
The company has made several announcements about how it is expanding the use of AI in its applications and services, including Windows 11, Microsoft 365 and more.
If you want to keep up with the latest news, we’ve compiled the most important news from the event. Although the folks at The Verge have a great video on the subject, you can check it out.
Windows 11 will have an AI Co-Pilot
Microsoft incorporates its artificial intelligence personal assistant, called Copilot, into Windows 11. This is the same assistant that Microsoft already integrates in Edge, its Office applications and GitHub.
The Windows Copilot, however, will be inside the taskbar. Clicking on it opens the Copilot sidebar, where you can ask it to summarize, rewrite and explain text in any of the applications you are using, as well as adjust your computer settings.
Microsoft says it will begin testing the feature publicly next month before rolling it out to more users.
Bing is now the default search experience of ChatGPT
With Microsoft investing billions of dollars in OpenAI, it’s no surprise that OpenAI would make Bing the default search engine in its ChatGPT chatbot.
While Microsoft had already announced that it would release OpenTable and WolframAlpha plug-ins for Bing, it is now expanding the range considerably. Bing will soon support plug-ins from Expedia, Instacart, Kayak, Klarna, Redfin, TripAdvisor, Zillow and others.
Microsoft 365 Copilot now supports plug-ins
Microsoft had some big news to share regarding its 365 Copilot: the addition of plug-ins. The AI assistant will now support three main types of plug-ins, including Teams messaging extensions, Power Platform connectors and tools that use ChatGPT technology.
You’ll also be able to choose from dozens of third-party plug-ins, such as those from Atlassian and Adobe. In addition, Microsoft says it will build all of its Copilot and Bing Chat plug-ins to the same standard that OpenAI uses for ChatGPT.
Microsoft Edge will soon come with a 365 Copilot integration
Microsoft will bring 365 Copilot to Edge. The tool, which will be inside the browser’s sidebar, can use content from the site you’re viewing to help you work on projects in Microsoft 365 applications, such as Outlook, Word, Excel and others.
For example, the tool should help you compose an email, add data to a spreadsheet, generate status updates based on chat conversations, etc. The integration will also support the aforementioned plug-ins coming to 365 Copilot.
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