Microsoft Build kicks off today, and it’s shaping up to be a big AI-focused event. The company has made several announcements about how it will expand its use of AI across its apps and services, including Windows 11, Microsoft 365, and more.
If you want to keep up to date, we’ve rounded up the top stories from the event for you below.
Microsoft is bringing its AI personal assistant, called Copilot, to Windows 11. This is the same assistant that Microsoft is already integrating across Edge, Office apps, and GitHub.
However, Windows Copilot will live inside the taskbar. Clicking it opens Copilot’s sidebar, where you can ask it to summarize, rewrite, and annotate text in any of the applications you use, as well as adjust your computer’s settings. Microsoft says it will start publicly testing the feature next month before rolling it out to more users.
There are also some small updates coming to Windows 11, including support for Bluetooth LE, the low-energy audio specification that lets you listen to high-quality audio without draining your device’s battery life. Microsoft is also adding support for ten new languages and dialects in Live Captions, its feature that transcribes audio in real time, as well as Windows 11’s native RGB controls.
Microsoft had some big news to share regarding 365 Copilot: the addition of plug-ins. The AI assistant will now support three main types of plug-ins, including Teams messaging extensions, Power Platform connectors, and tools that use technology from ChatGPT. You’ll also be able to choose from dozens of third-party plug-ins, like those from Atlassian and Adobe.