Microsoft has announced Microsoft Copilot, a comprehensive AI companion that will be integrated into its products, including Github, Microsoft 365, Bing, and Edge.
Copilot will “uniquely incorporate” web context, user data, and real-time user activity on the PC to provide assistance while prioritizing user privacy and security, Microsoft claims. It will be available on Windows 11, Microsoft 365, and the Edge and Bing web browsers.
Enhanced AI features will be released across various Microsoft applications as Copilot’s capabilities expand. The initial rollout of Copilot will take place in the upcoming Windows 11 update, which will be available on September 26.
“We will continue to add capabilities and connections to Copilot across to our most-used applications over time in service of our vision to have one experience that works across your whole life”, writes Yusuf Mehdi, Corporate Vice President & Consumer Chief Marketing Officer.
Even Microsoft Paint gets an AI upgrade
The update also promises more than 150 new features, such as AI enhancements for Paint and Photos, new capabilities for the Snipping tool – you can now extract specific text content from an image to paste into another application – and updated features in Notepad and Outlook, among others.
Microsoft’s classic Paint gets AI support for drawing and digital creation, AI background removal and layers, and a preview of Cocreator, which brings generative AI to the Paint application.
The Bing and Edge platforms will soon see AI enhancements to their personalized search answers and Microsoft Shopping, Bing Image Creator gets DALL-E 3, and Bing Chat Enterprise gets mobile support, multimodal visual search, and Image Creator. To see the new features in action, check out the following video.
DALL-E 3 in Bing Image Creator:
In addition, Microsoft 365 Chat will debut as part of Microsoft 365 Copilot, which is designed to transform work performance through better management of email, meetings, and chats. Microsoft 365 Copilot will be generally available to enterprise customers on November 1, 2023, along with Microsoft 365 Chat.
You can read a detailed description of all the new Windows AI features – and there are many – on the Microsoft blog.