Microsoft to Integrate ChatGPT into Office Productivity Suite
Microsoft is reportedly preparing to announce the integration of ChatGPT, the AI-powered chatbot, into its Office productivity suite of apps, according to media reports.
The company is expected to unveil the upgrade on Thursday, but it faces a major challenge – the lack of proper hardware needed to run the tool at scale, as per a report on The Information.
Microsoft is “facing an internal shortage of the server hardware needed to run the AI,” according to some company employees cited in the report.
To meet demand, especially since it opened up the floodgates to the new, ChatGPT-powered Bing search engine, the company decided to ration access to the hardware for some Microsoft teams building other artificial intelligence tools.
Being short on GPU power could also mean that small and medium-sized businesses who want to jump on the AI bandwagon with Microsoft might be hamstrung, as Microsoft is likely to prioritize enterprise users and the public sector.
Microsoft should now be on the hunt for the likes of H100 and the A100, which are not your standard GPUs, to power Office with GPT-4, the latest iteration of OpenAI’s chatbot, and one that’s a significant upgrade compared to previous versions. Bing, it seems, has been running on GPT-4 for a while now, without anyone being aware of the change.
Microsoft is holding an event on March 16, in which it should lay out its plan to add the chatbot to its Office productivity suite. The company should explain how adding GPT-4 to Teams, Word, or Outlook, can help people be more productive and spend less time on repetitive and menial tasks.
ChatGPT was first introduced late last year and gained world fame almost overnight. It is currently one of the best AI-powered chatbots, capable of writing entire stories, engaging in prolonged discussions, and even writing malicious code and emails.
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