Microsoft prepares for Google’s luncheon as company unveils host of AI features at Build 2023 conference: top announcements

Microsoft Build has started. This year, the focus is on AI and its role in transforming Microsoft’s app and services, including Windows 11, Microsoft 365 and more.

The company has also made several major announcements regarding how it plans to expand AI integration across its apps and services. Here’s a rundown of all the important event announcements you need to know.

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Microsoft 365 Copilot extension: In a major development, Microsoft announced that developers can now extend the capabilities of Microsoft 365 Copilot through the integration of plugins. This allows developers to seamlessly integrate their own apps and services into the Microsoft 365 Copilot ecosystem.

“Plugins for Microsoft 365 Copilot include ChatGPT and Bing plugins, as well as Teams messaging extensions and Power Platform connectors, enabling developers to leverage their existing investments. And developers can easily build new plug-ins for Microsoft 365 Copilot with the Microsoft Teams Toolkit for Visual Studio Code and Visual Studio. Developers can also extend Microsoft 365 Copilot by bringing their data into the Microsoft Graph and contextualizing relevant and actionable information with the recently announced Semantic Index for Copilot.

Microsoft Edge comes with 365 integration: Edge browser integrates with 365 Copilot. This integrates into the browser’s sidebar and uses the content of the website you’re currently visiting to help you work within a variety of Microsoft 365 applications, including Outlook, Word, Excel, and more.

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Bing becomes ChatGPT’s default search experience: Microsoft has announced that Bing is coming to ChatGPT as the default search experience. ChatGPT now has a world-class built-in search engine to provide more up-to-date answers with access from the web.

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