At Microsoft’s annual developers conference called Microsoft Ignite, there was one topic that was interwoven through all the discussions: AI.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella kicked off the event which included 100 new announcements, including the announcement of the release of many new Copilots, which is their branding for ChatGPT-assisted products.
Copilots have been added to many of the company’s flagship products like the Office suite in what they are calling Microsoft 365 Copilot, a Copilot development environment for Github, and their CRM and ERP applications suite called Dynamics 365 Copilot.
They are also offering Copilots for Services and Sales teams that will help sales agents ingest information more quickly.
There is even a Copilot for making Copilots called a Copilot Studio to tailor GPTs to internal business needs, which is similar to what OpenAI announced last week at its developer’s conference.
Bing Chat for Enterprise, which is a branded version of ChatGPT that keeps a company’s proprietary data safe, will be renamed as just “Copilot” to keep from being confused with OpenAI for Enterprise which was announced in September.
In addition to the announcements about the different Copilot releases, Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang joined Satya Nadella on the main stage to talk about their partnership to bring Foundry Services to Azure.
Huang went on to predict that AI will be bigger than the Internet or mobile phone revolutions.
Microsoft was eager to share some statistics about how companies were benefiting from all these Copilots.
According to the company blog of the event, 70% of Copilot users said they were more productive, with 68% stating that it improved the quality of their work.
The stat that they were likely the happiest to share was that 77% of the early users of a Copilot didn’t want to give it up.