Microsoft is reportedly considering integrating artificial intelligence (AI) technology from OpenAI into its Office apps, including Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, and others, according to a source with direct knowledge of Microsoft’s plans who spoke to The Information. The move follows Microsoft’s $1 billion investment in OpenAI in 2019 and could give users the ability to generate stretches of text for documents or emails based on prompts using AI.
Microsoft is also rumoured to be considering using OpenAI’s ChatGPT to provide natural language search results in Bing, as well as integrating AI tools into Outlook email to improve search results, provide automatic replies, recommend writing style improvements, and offer other chatbot-style programs.
Microsoft has already released the coding assistance tool Copilot, which was developed with OpenAI technology.
However, Microsoft will need to address issues of accuracy and privacy in order to successfully incorporate the technology.
There is currently no timeline for when a greater push towards AI integration in Microsoft’s productivity apps will be made.