Microsoft applies AI powers to Excel, Outlook

Published March 17, 2023
Small figurines are seen in front of displayed Microsoft logo in this illustration taken on February 11, 2022. — Reuters/File
Small figurines are seen in front of displayed Microsoft logo in this illustration taken on February 11, 2022. — Reuters/File

SAN FRANCISCO: Microsoft pressed on with its AI revolution on Thursday, announcing that it would apply the powers behind ChatGPT to its iconic Excel, Word and Outlook programs.

The Redmond, Washington giant has been swiftly adopting language-based AI, showing less caution than its rivals despite early problems such as chatbots giving disturbing responses or blatantly inaccurate information.

Microsoft’s latest chatbot, called Copilot, will put ChatGPT-like abilities to work in offices, churning out meeting transcripts, calendar entries or PowerPoint slides almost instantaneously.

The thrust of the new release is that generative AI, the term for ChatGPT style capabilities, will function as an assistant for users of Microsoft’s popular workplace software and not unilaterally take over office tasks.

“You could say we’ve been using AI on autopilot and with this next generation of AI, we are moving from autopilot to copilot,” Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said at a virtual release event.

Published in Dawn, March 17th, 2023

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