The AI field was rather quiet, and dull, and kind of boring. The technology rarely sent ripples outside its own domain.
But since OpenAI introduced ChatGPT, things changed. As other tech companies scrambled for their own solutions, some like Microsoft opt to use ChatGPT, whereas others, like Google and Meta, opt to develop their own.
Microsoft, as one of the main backers of OpenAI, has since gone full force on implementing ChatGPT's generative AI to its products.
In started by introducing the so-called "Copilot" initiative to its Bing search engine to Edge web browser, and then, to lots more of its products, in an alarming rate.
And of course, it's predicted that sooner than later, Microsoft would introduce ChatGPT to its primary product, the very product that made Microsoft, Microsoft.
This time, that moment happens, because in a blog post, Microsoft said that it's bringing ChatGPT to Windows.
— Microsoft (@Microsoft) May 23, 2023
What happens here is that, Microsoft is building an AI chat interface, directly to the popular operating system for desktop, its most important software product.
Starting Windows 11, calling it the "Windows Copilot," the feature is initially tested for users, so they can perform tasks, like summarizing documents, suggesting music, offering tech support for their PC, and answering questions they want to ask to a search engine or an AI chatbot.
Living inside Windows, the AI chatbot is meant to serve as a central, text-based AI assistant accessible from the Windows taskbar similar to how Cortana, Microsoft’s AI-powered virtual assistant, is featured.
And because it lives inside the operating system, Windows Copilot can be integrated with a variety of other apps installed on users' computer.
With it, according to Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella, "every Windows user can be a power user."
This has long been predicted because previously, Nadella has stated that the entire world is becoming one big giant computer, with AI becoming "the run-time which is going to shape all of what we do going forward in terms of applications as well as the platform."
With Windows Copilot, every Windows user can be a power user. https://t.co/brXnzw1yEW
— Satya Nadella (@satyanadella) May 23, 2023
This is made possible using plugins that can deepen ChatGPT's integration of the AI-powered tools across Windows programs.
What's more, it also allows developers to integrate apps within Windows Copilot to make things easier for users and boost engagement on Windows applications.
For example, users can use Windows Copilot to launch and do certain tasks on apps from Adobe, Spotify, and Teams.
Users can also use the AI chatbot to tweak their computer settings and more.
They can do all of this, while the chat feature appear in an on-screen sidebar.
In order to make the AI chatbot useful, according to a video posted on Microsoft’s website, it's indicates that chat field allows users to input up to 2,000 characters of text.
Today, we announce new AI experiences and tools for #Windows11 to empower developers. Pumped to introduce you to Windows Copilot and Dev Home. #MSBuild https://t.co/MkqiKKtuFg pic.twitter.com/pf1H3o1tyW
— Panos Panay (@panos_panay) May 23, 2023
According to Panos Panay, Chief Product Officer for Windows and devices at Microsoft:
"Once open, the Windows Copilot sidebar stays consistent across your apps, programs and windows, always available to act as your personal assistant. It makes every user a power user, helping you take action, customize your settings and seamlessly connect across your favorite apps."
Panos Panay added that:
"We welcome you to be part of the Windows Copilot journey by continuing to invest in Bing and ChatGPT plugins so your investments will carry forward to Windows Copilot."
#MSBuild is starting with a bang. We're bringing the power of AI to Windows 11 with Dev Home, Windows Copilot and more!
Check out the blog now and join our sessions this week to get all the details https://t.co/edqjsBQZ4W pic.twitter.com/VJ04tRW8EQ
— Windows Developer (@windowsdev) May 23, 2023
"If I want to call my family in Cyprus, I can quickly check the local time to make sure I’m not waking them up in the middle of the night," Panay explained in a statement. "If I want to plan a trip to visit them in Cyprus, I can ask Windows Copilot to find my family flights and accommodations for mid-winter break."
The idea is for the app to function as a kind of all-purpose helper for Windows users.
ChatGPT is a generative AI, which can take human input and respond with a computer-generated output.
"Every layer of the software stack is going to be changed forever and no better place to start than the actual developer stack," Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said during his Build keynote. "We as developers, how do we build is fundamentally changing."
As a commercial entity, it's critical for Microsoft to help third-party developers happy, and this time, the company is using the AI not only to enrich its own software properties, such as the Microsoft 365 productivity software bundle, but also others.
"We are adding Copilot into everything," said Scott Guthrie, executive vice president of Microsoft's cloud and AI group, in a separate interview.
"It's less of a top-down mandate, although we're certainly pushing top-down. I think it's something where we've actually evangelized internally and really got every team excited about. And we are building a common stack across Microsoft that the entire company is building on top of."