In the rapidly evolving technology landscape, artificial intelligence (AI) takes center stage, driving transformative changes in how we work, communicate and collaborate. Microsoft Build, the annual flagship event for developers, showcases this significant shift with the introduction of compelling AI-driven solutions.

The year started with a groundbreaking partnership extension between Microsoft and OpenAI, aiming to accelerate AI breakthroughs and ensure widespread access to these benefits. This was followed by the launch of an AI-powered Bing search engine and Edge browser in February, revolutionizing the world of search.

Since then, developments have unfolded at a rapid pace, marked by notable milestones:

  • Azure OpenAI Service now offers increased support for ChatGPT and OpenAI's cutting-edge GPT-4 model, expanding its availability and capabilities.
  • Copilots have been introduced across various domains, including Dynamics 365, Microsoft 365 and Power Platform, leveraging modern AI and large language models like GPT-4 to assist users with complex tasks.
  • Bing, powered by AI, has expanded its presence to the Windows 11 taskbar, mobile and Skype, introducing new features like Bing Image Creator for chat and an open preview of the platform.

During the event, Microsoft made several significant announcements. They introduced the adoption of OpenAI's open plugin standard, which allows interoperability between ChatGPT, Bing, Dynamics 365, and Microsoft 365 copilots. Bing expanded its plugin support with partners, including Expedia, Instacart, Kayak, Klarna, Redfin and Zillow, enhancing the overall search experience. Additionally, developers can now integrate their apps and services into Microsoft 365 Copilot, utilizing ChatGPT and Bing plugins, Teams message extensions and Power Platform connectors. The early access program will include over 50 partner plugins, such as Atlassian, Adobe, ServiceNow, Thomson Reuters, Moveworks and Mural. Microsoft also announced new Azure AI tooling software.

Introducing Microsoft Fabric

Microsoft Fabric is a unified analytics platform that combines data engineering, integration, warehousing, science, real-time analytics, observability and business intelligence, all connected to the OneLake data repository. It enables users to leverage Azure OpenAI Service and Copilot to unlock the full potential of their data and create AI-powered experiences. Microsoft partners like NVIDIA accelerate generative AI and enterprise-ready models. New capabilities for Microsoft Dev Box enhance developer productivity, while Dev Home on Windows 11 provides a hub for developers. Windows Copilot revolutionizes PC interaction with AI assistance and collaboration features.

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