Technology Record - Issue 28: Spring 2023

19 is currently in testing with selected customers – users can improve productivity and efficiency when using Microsoft 365 applications like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Teams. According to Microsoft, these new tools can help people be “more creative in Word, more analytical in Excel, more expressive in PowerPoint, more productive in Outlook and more collaborative in Teams”. For example, Copilot in Word writes, edits, summarises and creates alongside users as they work, while Copilot in Excel helps unlock insights, identify trends and create professional data visualisations. Also new is Business Chat, which brings together data from documents, presentations, email, calendar, notes and contacts to summarise chats, write emails, find key dates and more. Microsoft users can also create new intelligent applications and solutions to differentiate themselves from competitors using the low-code/ no-code platform Azure OpenAI Studio. This, alongside the GitHub Copilot that uses large language models to suggest additional lines of code and functions, helps application and software developers to create better solutions faster. Furthermore, the recent rollout of Microsoft’s most powerful AI virtual machine series on Microsoft Azure, called ND H100 v5 VM, will enhance supercomputing capabilities. Microsoft’s partnership with Nvidia, for example, will deliver significantly faster AI capabilities to joint customers. “Delivering on the promise of advanced AI for our customers requires supercomputing infrastructure, services, and expertise to address the exponentially increasing size and complexity of the latest models,” said Matt Vegas, principal product manager of Azure HPC and AI at Microsoft. “At Microsoft, we are meeting this challenge by applying a decade of experience in supercomputing and supporting the largest AI training workloads to create AI infrastructure capable of massive performance at scale.”