Microsoft Wants Companies to Build Their Own Generative AI Chatbot Copilots
Microsoft is giving companies the option to create generative AI chatbot “copilots” that link proprietary data to OpenAI’s ChatGPT or GPT-4 models. The new Azure AI Studio feature for the Azure OpenAI Service enables these custom copilots to apply the advanced AI models to answer questions and complete tasks using the company’s own data in a way not previously feasible.
The Azure AI Studio lets brands pick a generative AI model they want to use, then describe what its function is in a “meta-prompt.” The chatbot relies on the cloud to keep track of the context of a conversation, but the information can come from within a company without causing security issues or other problems.
“With just a few clicks, developers can now ground powerful conversational AI models, such as OpenAI’s ChatGPT and GPT-4, on their own data,” Microsoft corporate vice president Jessica Hawk wrote in announcing the tool. “With Azure OpenAI Service on your data, coming to public preview, and Azure Cognitive Search, employees, customers, and partners can discover information buried in the volumes of data, text, and images using natural language-based app interfaces. Create richer experiences and help users find organization-specific insights, such as inventory levels or healthcare benefits, and more.”