Microsoft brings new design-focused features to Copilot


Co-pilotMicrosoft’s family of AI-based chatbots and assistants, is getting some new scheduled upgrades with a Flashy Superbowl LVIII ad campaign.

In a job On the official Microsoft blog, Yusuf Mehdi, Microsoft’s chief marketing officer, explained what users can expect.

“Today marks exactly one year since we entered AI-powered experiences for people with Cat Bing,” he wrote. “This year, we learned so many new things and saw the usage of our Copilot experiences explode with over 5 billion chats and 5 billion images created to date… Now, with Copilot as a unique experience, for people looking to get In addition to creating AI, we are introducing other… capabilities.

The Copilot experience across web, Android and iOS now has a “more streamlined look and feel,” Mehdi said, with a clearer style for responses and a carousel of suggested prompts to populate Copilot (e.g. “How to would you explain AI to a sixth grader?”).

Designate in Copilot, meanwhile – a tool that leverages GenAI models like that of OpenAI DE-E 3 to turn prompts into images – has new editing capabilities.

Microsoft Copilot

The enhanced Copilot experience on the web.

All English-speaking Copilot users in the US, UK, Australia, India, and New Zealand can now edit images inline in a chat stream, such as coloring an object, rendering blur the background of an image or by modifying the style of the image (in pixel art, say). And subscribers to Copilot Pro, Microsoft’s premium Copilot plan at $20 per month, can resize and regenerate images between “square” (i.e. portrait) and landscape.

The GPT Designer will soon be available in Copilot, Mehdi said, which will offer a “more immersive dedicated canvas” inside Copilot where users can “visualize their ideas.”

Designer caused a stir earlier this year when malicious users, primarily from the image forum 4chan, used the tool to create pornographic deepfakes by Taylor Swift – and spread them across X (formerly Twitter). The designer had guardrails designed to prevent inappropriate prompts, Microsoft claimed – but users found flaws such as misspelled names and description of images that did not explicitly use sexual terms but generated the same result.

Last month, Microsoft said it had fixed flaws in Designer by making it impossible to generate celebrity images. But, as with all GenAI tools, it will likely be a never-ending cat-and-mouse game between bad actors and sellers.

“Microsoft’s advancements in AI align with our company’s mission: to enable every person and organization on the planet to achieve more,” Mehdi continued. “With Copilot, we are democratizing our advances in AI to help realize the promise of AI for everyone. »

Mehdi did not resolve performance issues with Copilot Pro — a common complaint among early subscribers.

Copilot Pro is supposed benefit from priority access to the underlying OpenAI models that power Copilot even during peak hours, but users report experiencing exceptionally long build times and other potentially related bugs. Windows Central speculates that the root of the problem is insufficient server capacity, but in the absence of official comments, it’s impossible to be sure.


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