Microsoft: The latest developments in AI technology to shape the future

Microsoft: The latest developments in AI technology to shape the future


23 May 2024

Microsoft Build 2024, Microsoft's largest conference for developers, technology and innovation professionals and artificial intelligence enthusiasts, has brought a new dimension to the technology industry. The company's guests were able to delve into new tools in creative artificial intelligence (GenAI) and discover more than 60 new products and services that empower users by offering cost-effective and easily customizable software solutions.

During the event, the company unveiled its vision for the next day of AI, including the evolution of Copilot - from a personal assistant to an AI team assistant that can simultaneously coordinate the needs of a team of professionals - and the creation of the smartest Windows computers built to date, which feature built-in AI hardware and support AI functions across the Windows operating system.

Highlights of Microsoft Build 2024 announcements include, but are not limited to:

  • The evolution of Copilot: Copilot is evolving from a personal assistant to a team AI assistant. Microsoft Copilot Studio introduces new capabilities for developers, giving them the opportunity to create a range of AI "companions" for specific tasks. At the same time, Copilot extensions offer increased functionality as well as ensure connectivity to new databases and applications.
  • Real-Time Intelligence: this new service available on Microsoft Fabric provides an end-to-end Software as a Service (SaaS) solution for ingesting, analyzing and organizing large volumes of data.
  • GitHub Copilot Extensions: the first set of GitHub Copilot extensions is now available for personal testing, allowing developers to customize their experience with the services they prefer.
  • Microsoft Fabric Real-Time Intelligence: a solution that empowers businesses by offering them the ability to analyze and act on high-volume, real-time data, enabling faster and more informed decisions.
  • Microsoft Fabric Workload Development Kit: a solution that enables independent software vendors (ISVs) and developers to extend applications within the Fabric.
  • Next Generation Models and Multimodal Capabilities in Azure AI: GPT-4o, OpenAI's newest leading model, is now available in Azure AI Studio as well as an API for both genetic and conversational AI experiences. Phi-3-vision, a new Microsoft multimodal model, is also available in Azure and offers the ability to input images and text as well as receive text responses.
  • Microsoft and Khan Academy collaboration on AI for Education: the aim of the collaboration will be to provide free access to Khanmigo for educators, an innovative tool that acts as a teaching assistant through the integration of AI solutions.
  • New Virtual Machines: Microsoft is the first cloud provider to bring AMD's MI300X AI acceleration chip MI300X to Azure. New Cobalt 100 virtual machines based on Arm technology become available for testing, offering up to 40% improved performance compared to Azure virtual machine counterparts.
  • Copilot+ PCs: Microsoft introduces a new class of AI-designed Windows PCs, Copilot+, the fastest and smartest Windows PCs ever built.
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