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Ben Ross | Propel Ventures Co-FounderJul 19, 2023 8:37:13 AM2 min read

Microsoft's Latest AI Product Announcements

Update from Microsoft Inspire event today in Washington - tons of AI innovation

As a Microsoft Solutions Partner for Digital & App Innovation (Azure) I was keen to take the opportunity to watch the Microsoft inspire event today live from San Francisco where I was holidaying with some friends.

There were lots of big announcements from the event. The biggest things I think that you should think about are below:

Bing Chat Enterprise

Earlier this year, we saw Bing do search, plus add complete answers to questions for internet searches. ie. like Chat GPT embedded into bing search.  Now you can use that same search and chat to query all of your own documents in your own enterprise (not just the internet). You can search across Office 365 in a secure Internal Enterprise ChatGPT which Enables safe access to ChatGPT on internal and external data.


Our developers have been using copilot to help them develop software, now if you are a microsoft office user ie. excel, word, ppt etc.. Using microsoft copilot inside O365, will be embedded and built in at $30 per user pm.

Next step is to be able to create your own copilot… not just use microsoft out of the box copilot solution. More info about that is at this link.


For people and companies with their own app, or you are someone who works in a product company, then there is a big opportunity to add a version of your app as a plugin into Bing Enterprise chat and Plugins into O365 so users can access your functionality in the context of a search or their own workflow.

Process automation

How do you go about finding parts of your business to improve? This usually starts with a process mapping exercise. 

If you are looking for ways to put AI into your everyday tasks to make them faster and easier, we have been helping clients to map processes and use generative Ai to improve their day to day - now there is an even more powerful MSFT tool to do that Power Automate - process mining. Check that out here.

Certifications and recognition

With all of this new stuff about AI, how do you know you are working with someone who knows what they are talking about?

Microsoft have created a bunch of new specialisations and designations (certifications) around modernising and building AI apps - ie. you do the test and they certify you as being an expert in that area. Propel already have three developers who have now completed their AI Engineering MSFT Certification.

If you want to know more about how you can use Ai in your business, ping me. Looking forward to chatting further about this stuff on my return.

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