Microsoft adds new design features to Copilot

Alex Omenye
Alex Omenye

Microsoft’s AI-powered chatbots and assistants, Copilot, are receiving several upgrades coinciding with a high-profile Super Bowl LVIII ad campaign.

Yusuf Mehdi, Microsoft’s Chief Marketing Officer, detailed the upcoming enhancements in a blog post on the official Microsoft website.

“Today marks exactly one year since our entry into AI-powered experiences for people with Bing Chat,” he wrote.

“In that year, we’ve learned so many new things, and seen the use of our Copilot experiences explode with over 5 billion chats and 5 billion images created to date … Now, with Copilot as our singular experience, for people looking to get more out of AI creation, we’re introducing further … capabilities.”

Improved AI model Deucalion and a more “streamlined look and feel”—a carousel of recommended prompts to feed—are now elements of the Copilot experience on the web, Android, and iOS, according to Mehdi.

Now, all English-speaking Copilot users in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, India, and New Zealand can modify photographs in real time. Additionally, users of Microsoft’s $20/month Copilot Pro premium service may resize and regenerate photos between portrait and landscape formats.

Designer GPT, which will provide a more “immersive, dedicated canvas” inside Copilot where users can “visualize their ideas,” is expected to launch shortly, according to Mehdi.

When malicious people, primarily from the image board 4chan, used Designer to make explicit deepfakes of Taylor Swift and disseminate them on X (previously Twitter), it created quite a stir earlier this year.

Microsoft announced last month that it has closed the Designer loopholes by prohibiting the creation of celebrity photos. However, much as with other GenAI technologies, vendors and dishonest people will probably engage in a never-ending game of cat and mouse.

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