Microsoft Office Plans to Integrate ChatGPT
Microsoft plans to incorporate OpenAI’s ChatGPT and upcoming GPT-4 into Microsoft Word and other Office products, according to a report from The Information. The plans to do so follow similar news about integrating ChatGPT into Microsoft’s Bing search engine and will go along with a potentially massive jump in the tech giant’s already enormous $1 billion investment in OpenAI.
The report explains that Microsoft wants to bring the power of generative AI to Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, and the entire suite of Office products so that users can generate text appropriate for their projects based on a short prompt. Microsoft also wants to personalize the AI, training it on what a particular user writes though without compromising their privacy and sharing their data. The use and interst in generative AI for images and text has already led to the creation of many AI writing assistants for business and persona use. Augmenting word-processing and other business software applications with the technology was a logical extension of that effort.
“How Microsoft intends to use these capabilities is not entirely clear. Companies like Jasper AI have had great success offering full AI-enabled writing suites with numerous templates that generate entire documents for business professionals. On the other end of the spectrum, there are tools like Grammarly and AI21’s Wordtune that don’t write for the user but do make suggestions on how to improve the writing,” Voicebot founder Bret Kinsella commented in the Synthedia newsletter.
Microsoft has already embedded OpenAI’s DALL-E 2 text-to-image generator into its Azure OpenAI Service, as well as the new Designer app and the new Image Creator tool for Bing and Edge. The generative text word is filling up with tools on major platforms like Canva, as well as independent products like AI21’s Wordtune. The chatbot format of ChatGPT is also drawing imitators for help with writing and other tasks, such as Jasper Chat, a chatbot format for Jasper’s own generative AI engine.