Microsoft has introduced new design-focused features to Copilot.

Copilot, Microsoft’s family of AI-powered chatbots and assistants, is receiving several enhancements coinciding with an extravagant Super Bowl LVIII ad campaign.

In a blog post on Microsoft’s official website, Yusuf Mehdi, Microsoft’s chief marketing officer, outlined the upcoming features for users.

“Today marks exactly one year since our foray 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.”

The Copilot experience on the web, Android, and iOS now incorporates an enhanced AI model called Deucalion, accompanied by a more “streamlined look and feel,” as highlighted by Mehdi. This involves a cleaner style for responses and a carousel of suggested prompts designed to assist Copilot (e.g., “How would you explain AI to a sixth grader?”).
Furthermore, the Designer feature within Copilot, a tool utilizing generative AI models like OpenAI’s DALL-E 3 to transform prompts into images, has received new editing capabilities.

Microsoft CopilotThe upgraded Copilot experience on the web. Image Credits: Microsoft

All English-speaking Copilot users in the U.S., U.K., Australia, India, and New Zealand can now perform in-line image editing within the flow of a chat. This includes tasks such as colorizing an object, blurring an image background, or changing the image style, such as converting it to pixel art. Subscribers to Copilot Pro, Microsoft’s premium Copilot plan priced at $20 per month, additionally can resize and regenerate images between “square” (portrait) and landscape orientations.

Upcoming to Copilot is Designer GPT, as mentioned by Mehdi, which will provide a more immersive and dedicated canvas inside Copilot for users to visualize their ideas.
Earlier this year, Designer stirred controversy when malicious users, predominantly from the image board 4chan, exploited the tool to create pornographic deepfakes of Taylor Swift, spreading them across X (formerly Twitter). Despite Microsoft’s claims of guardrails to prevent inappropriate prompts, users discovered loopholes, such as misspelling names and describing images in ways that didn’t explicitly use sexual terms but still generated similar results. Last month, Microsoft stated that it addressed the Designer loopholes by making it impossible to generate celebrity images. However, like all GenAI tools, it remains an ongoing challenge to stay ahead of potential misuse by bad actors.

Mehdi did not address the performance issues with Copilot Pro, a common complaint among early subscribers. Copilot Pro is intended to offer priority access to the underlying OpenAI models even during peak times. However, users have reported long generation times and other potential bugs. While there is speculation about insufficient server capacity being the root cause, without official confirmation, the exact reason remains unknown.
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