Amber Hickman |
Microsoft shared some of the new artificial intelligence-based tools it is developing to aid developers at Microsoft Build, the three-day event taking place in Seattle, Washington, from 23-25 May 2023.
“There’s no better place to start than the actual developer’s stack,” said Satya Nadella, chairman and CEO of Microsoft in the keynote on day one of the event. “As developers, how we build is fundamentally changing.”
Microsoft is adopting the same open plugin standard that OpenAI introduced for ChatGPT, which will enable interoperability across ChatGPT and Microsoft’s Copilot offerings. This means developers will be able to use one platform to build application plugins that work across ChatGPT, Bing, Dynamics 365, Copilot and Microsoft 365 Copilot.
Bing will also offer support for plugins, with plugins from Expedia, Instacart, Kayak, Klarna, Zillow and more being added to the ecosystem.
The search engine is also being integrated with ChatGPT to provide a more up-to-date search experience for ChatGPT Plus subscribers.
“You may look at Bing Chat and think this is some super magical complicated thing, but Microsoft is giving developers everything they need to get started to go build a Copilot of their own,” said Kevin Scott, chief technology officer at Microsoft. “I think over the coming years, this will become an expectation for how all software works.”
Microsoft also revealed the new Microsoft Fabric platform. It will work with Microsoft Azure Open AI to deliver analytics for data engineering, integration, warehousing and science, as well as real-time analytics.
New capabilities are also being added to the new Azure AI studio. The Azure Machine Learning prompt flow will help developers construct prompts and take advantage of open-source resources.
Furthermore, an update to Azure OpenAI Service will help developers deploy new AI models using their own data.
In keeping with its commitment to developing AI responsibly, Microsoft also shared details about Azure AI Content Safety, a new service that will help businesses to create safer online environments.
New AI capabilities will also be added to Windows 11, with the Windows Copilot and Dev Home, a solution that allows developers connect to GitHub easily.
Watch the event online via the Microsoft Build website.