Microsoft Introduces New Design-Focused Features to Copilot

Microsoft’s AI-powered chatbots and assistants, collectively known as Copilot, are undergoing enhancements inspired by a significant advertising campaign during Super Bowl LVIII. Yusuf Mehdi, the Chief Marketing Officer at Microsoft, shared details about these updates in a post on the official Microsoft blog.

Mehdi reflected on the past year since Microsoft ventured into AI-powered experiences with Bing Chat. He highlighted the tremendous growth in the use of Copilot, with over 5 billion chats and 5 billion images created so far. He emphasized Copilot’s evolution into the primary experience for individuals seeking enhanced AI creation capabilities.

These enhancements aim to further empower users, providing them with advanced features and functionalities within the Copilot platform.

Yusuf Mehdi announced that Microsoft’s Copilot, available on the web, Android, and iOS, has received significant updates. These include an improved AI model called Deucalion and a more streamlined interface.

The updated design features simplified answer presentations and a carousel suggesting questions to ask Copilot. For example, one suggested question is “How would you describe AI to a sixth-grade student?”

Furthermore, the ‘Designer’ function in Copilot, which uses generative AI models like OpenAI’s DALL-E 3 to turn questions into visuals, now offers enhanced editing capabilities.

The upgraded Copilot experience on the web. Image Credits: Microsoft

Copilot users in English-speaking countries like the U.S., U.K., Australia, India, and New Zealand now have the ability to edit images within their chat conversations. This includes tasks such as adding color to elements, blurring backgrounds, or changing the style of the image, like converting it to pixel art. Moreover, subscribers to Copilot Pro, part of Microsoft’s premium plan costing $20 per month, can resize and adjust images to fit both portrait and landscape orientations.

Yusuf Mehdi, Chief Marketing Officer at Microsoft, hinted at the upcoming integration of Designer GPT into Copilot. This feature will offer users an immersive canvas within Copilot to visually represent their ideas.

Although Designer gained attention earlier this year for its misuse in creating inappropriate deepfake images of public figures, Microsoft assures that measures have been put in place to prevent such abuses. However, staying ahead of potential misuse remains an ongoing challenge.

Mehdi reiterated Microsoft’s commitment to empowering individuals and organizations worldwide to achieve more through advancements in AI, with Copilot being a key platform for delivering these advancements to a broader audience.

While discussing future enhancements, Mehdi did not address the performance issues related to Copilot Pro, a concern repeatedly raised by early subscribers.

Copilot Pro was designed to provide priority access to the OpenAI models that drive Copilot, even during peak demand periods. However, users have expressed frustration over unusually long generation times and potential bugs. Speculation from Windows Central suggests that the problem could stem from insufficient server capacity, but without an official statement from Microsoft, the exact cause remains uncertain.

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