Technology Record - Issue 31: Winter 2023

18 Generative artificial intelligence technology will help to transform the way businesses operate and have a game-changing impact on the way individuals work, predicted Satya Nadella, chairman and CEO of Microsoft, when speaking at the first two of seven Microsoft Envision events in 2023. “Something’s changed clearly in the last year,” said Nadella, discussing the adoption of AI, when talking with Clare Barclay, CEO of Microsoft UK, during the London event on 18 October 2023. “Our understanding of this new generation of AI and what it can do to pretty much any digital software category or any industry and business process, has gone through a real change. “The idea that you can have a multi-turn, multi-domain and multimodal conversation with your computer is going to be perhaps the biggest change in computing.” Nadella described generative AI as a new reasoning engine that is capable of recognising patterns in vast amounts of data. He also likened the predicted effect of generative AI technology to the impact of Microsoft’s Windows operating system when it launched in 1992. “Windows in particular was transformative in the workplace,” he said. “I remember what pre-email, word processing and spreadsheets looked like, and [that change] is what’s about to happen again with the age of Microsoft Copilots.” Microsoft Envision highlighted how Microsoft is empowering organisations in all sectors with AI technology MARKETWATCH Microsoft CEO explained the transformative use cases of Copilot at Microsoft Envision Generative AI will be game changing, says Satya Nadella