It’s the beginning of Summer and all the tech industry giants are dropping some hot new tech every day. Microsoft Build, the annual flagship event for developers, was held on 23rd May 2023 wherein powerful AI tools were unveiled for developers. The event highlighted the advancements and innovations in the field of Artificial Intelligence and how they are redefining the way developers build and shape the future.
The year started with Microsoft announcing an extended partnership with OpenAI, focusing on accelerating AI breakthroughs and ensuring widespread access to its benefits. In February, Microsoft introduced an AI-powered Bing search engine and Edge browser, transforming the search experience.
Introducing Windows Copilot for Windows 11
Windows Copilot centralizes AI assistance on Windows 11, streamlining productivity by providing seamless access to Bing search results, plugins, and the ChatGPT AI assistant. This enables users to stay focused on their tasks and collaborations without needing to switch between multiple applications.
Growing the AI Plugin Ecosystem
Microsoft announced the adoption of an open plugin standard for ChatGPT, enabling interoperability across ChatGPT and Microsoft’s copilot offerings. This allows developers to build plugins that work across consumer and business surfaces, including ChatGPT, Bing, Dynamics 365 Copilot, and Microsoft 365 Copilot. Bing also expanded its support for plugins, including partners like Expedia, Instacart, Kayak, Klarna, Redfin, and Zillow, in addition to previously announced plugins for OpenTable and Wolfram Alpha.
Extending Microsoft 365 Copilot with Plugins
Developers can now integrate their apps and services into Microsoft 365 Copilot using plugins. This includes ChatGPT and Bing plugins, as well as Teams message extensions and Power Platform connectors. The Microsoft Teams Toolkit for Visual Studio Code and Visual Studio makes it easy for developers to build new plugins for Microsoft 365 Copilot. Over 50 plugins from partners, including Atlassian, Adobe, ServiceNow, Thomson Reuters, Moveworks, and Mural, will be available for customers through the early access program.
New Azure AI Tooling
Microsoft introduced new Azure AI tooling to help developers build, operationalize, and deploy their own next-generation AI applications. Azure AI Studio simplifies the integration of external data sources into Azure OpenAI Service. Its updates include the ability to deploy cutting-edge AI models using custom data, a Provisioned Throughout SKU for dedicated capacity, and plugins that enable integration with external data sources.
Introducing Microsoft Fabric
Microsoft Fabric is a unified platform for analytics that integrates data engineering, data integration, data warehousing, data science, real-time analytics, applied observability, and business intelligence. Microsoft Fabric provides a single, unified experience for customers to leverage the power of generative AI, including Copilot, in finding insights into their data.
Accelerating an AI-Powered Future through Partners
Microsoft highlighted its collaborations with partners like NVIDIA to accelerate enterprise-ready generative AI. NVIDIA AI Enterprise Integration with Azure Machine Learning and Omniverse Cloud on Azure enables organizations to leverage high-performance models, connect domain-specific software tools, and facilitate multi-user collaboration.
Enhancements to Microsoft Dev Box
Microsoft Dev Box, an Azure service that provides developers with preconfigured and centrally managed dev boxes, introduced new capabilities to enhance the developer experience and boost productivity. Features such as customization using configuration-as-code and starter developer images in Azure Marketplace cater to specific development team needs. Dev Box is set to enter general availability in July.
Unveiling a New Home for Developers on Windows 11 with Dev Home
Dev Home, a new Windows experience for developers available through the Microsoft Store, simplifies connections to GitHub and configuration of cloud development environments like Microsoft Dev Box and GitHub Codespaces. Dev Home is open-source and extensible, allowing developers to customize their dashboards and access the tools they need.
Building Responsibly Together
Microsoft emphasized its commitment to building responsible AI systems. Azure AI Content Safety, a new Azure AI service, helps businesses create safer online environments by integrating across Microsoft products, including Azure OpenAI Service and Azure Machine Learning. Updates to Azure Machine Learning include expanded Responsible AI dashboard support for text and image data, enabling users to identify model errors, fairness issues, and model explanations before deployment. Microsoft also introduced media provenance capabilities to verify the origin of AI-generated content.
Microsoft Build 2023 showcased a wide range of AI tools and advancements aimed at empowering developers to build AI-powered applications and drive innovation. With a focus on open standards, responsible AI practices, and strategic partnerships, Microsoft continues to shape the future of AI and its impact on the developer community.