Microsoft has scheduled a seminal news conference for Tuesday, 7th February. The tech behemoth initially dispatched invitations to a physical gathering at its Redmond base of operations last week, and is now publicly proclaiming the event just moments after Google unveiled its ChatGPT competitor called Bard.
The Microsoft conference will commence at 10 AM Pacific Time/1 PM Eastern Time, with the company providing minimal pre-event hints. However, it’s expected that the firm will center its discussion around the anticipated integration of its ChatGPT technology into Bing and its comprehensive alliance with OpenAI.
The invitation, issued by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, states that he will “present updates on several exhilarating initiatives.” Thus, a series of significant declarations can be anticipated. The invitation arrives shortly after Microsoft extended its partnership with OpenAI through a $10 billion agreement, making it the sole cloud collaborator for OpenAI. As a result, Microsoft’s cloud offerings will support all OpenAI workloads in relation to products, API services, and research endeavors.
Microsoft has a response to Google Bard with Bing-ChatGPT integration
Microsoft’s gathering also occurs shortly after Google declared its own ChatGPT competitor, Bard. The “experimental conversational AI service” is currently undergoing testing by a select group, with Google pledging to expand access to a broader audience in the imminent future.
Microsoft’s reaction to Google’s ChatGPT competitor will take the shape of integrating ChatGPT into Bing search results. This integration seems to have inadvertently been disclosed last week, with some Bing users observing a new chat section featuring a chatbot-style interface for obtaining responses from Microsoft’s search engine. Microsoft refers to this as “the advanced Bing,” which will furnish “all-encompassing answers” to genuine inquiries.
Additionally, Microsoft intends to integrate OpenAI’s various models into its own consumer and business offerings. Beyond Bing, there are speculations of OpenAI technology being incorporated into Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Microsoft recently introduced Microsoft Teams Premium, equipped with capabilities powered by OpenAI.
Microsoft’s conference will be held a day prior to Google’s event, which will focus on search and AI on February 8th. The recent unveiling of ChatGPT is said to have elicited concern within Google, and the unexpected declaration of Bard just before Microsoft’s gathering suggests that the search behemoth is highly disturbed.
Expectations are high for a deeper exploration of the integration of ChatGPT into Bing today, and for a clear understanding of Microsoft’s plans to seamlessly integrate OpenAI models into its offerings. Unfortunately, Microsoft will not be broadcasting the event live.