Microsoft has refined its AI-driven offering over the past year, integrating artificial intelligence tools with Bing Search, Windows and its Office 365 suite of services, including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Teams. The company recently announced that it will unify its AI services, including the Bing Chat AI chatbot, under one Microsoft Copilot umbrella. Microsoft has now revealed a host of new features coming to Copilot in 2024.
In its blog celebrating one year of Copilot, Microsoft said it plans to add advanced capabilities to the AI companion in the coming weeks. Copilot will soon be powered by OpenAI's latest model, GPT-4 Turbo, allowing it to perform more complex and longer tasks. The Windows maker said the model is currently being tested with select users and will be integrated into Copilot services in the coming weeks. This means that the Copilot AI companion (formerly Bing Chat) on the web, Windows and other Microsoft services will run on GPT-4 Turbo.
In addition, Copilot also gets the new DALL-E 3 image generation model, which allows it to create richer images that better reflect user cues. The enhanced image generation capabilities have been rolled out and can be accessed by visiting bing.com/create or asking Copilot to generate an image.
Microsoft also announced that Edge users would soon be able to write text based on web pages. Inline Compose with rewrite menu allowed users to select a block of text on any website and ask Copilot to rewrite it. The company is also expanding its visual search capabilities by combining GPT-4 with vision using Bing image searches and web search data. This new capability, called Multi-Modal with Search Grounding, will provide better image understanding for user queries and will be available soon.
Finally, the company is developing a Code Interpreter feature and a Deep Search tool for Bing. The former will be able to perform more precise calculations, coding, data analysis, visualization, math and more, Microsoft claimed. The company is currently gathering feedback on Code Interpreter and plans to roll it out widely soon.
Deep Search, on the other hand, will return optimized search results in Bing for complex topics. Available as a button next to the Bing search bar, the tool delivers more relevant search results by expanding searches to more detailed descriptions.
Last month, Microsoft announced that its AI assistant Copilot, which was already available on Windows 11, would be coming to Windows 10. The tech giant also launched its own custom-designed AI computer chips, Maia and Cobalt, at its Ignite developer conference in November.
Microsoft Copilot was first integrated with Windows 11 as part of an update in September. The update also brought AI features to Paint and Snipping Tool.