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February 04, 2023

Microsoft soon to bring GPT-3.5 to Microsoft Teams Premium

Prepare for smarter meetings with ‘intelligent recap’ powered by OpenAI.

What you need to know

  • Microsoft has announced the general availability of Microsoft Teams Premium.
  • The company outlined in an extensive blog post all the new features available, with many coming in the second quarter of 2023.
  • “Intelligent recap” automatically generates meeting notes, recommended tasks and personalized highlights to help you get the most critical information even if you miss the meeting.
  • Microsoft Teams Premium also features AI-powered live translation (for captions).

Microsoft is going full on AI and Microsoft Teams Premium. Today the company released a huge blog describing all the new features available and several coming in the coming months, many of which depend on OpenAI and its GPT-3.5 (“Generative pre-trained transformer”) technology.

Perhaps the most important new feature is one we saw demonstrated years ago at Microsoft Build. AI summarizes your meetings in a digestible and coherent format for reference or for those who missed the meeting.

As Microsoft notes:

“With intelligent summarization in Teams premium, you get automatically generated meeting notes, recommended tasks and personalized highlights to help you get the information that matters most to you, even if you miss the meeting.”

With intelligent summarization, you can now save time when viewing meeting recordings. AI-generated chapters divide the meeting into sections, making it easy to choose the content that is most relevant to you. This is available today for PowerPoint Live meeting recordings. Intelligent Summary also automatically generates meeting chapters based on the meeting transcript.”

“In addition, there may be certain points in a meeting that you want to revisit. Today, personalized timeline markers are available for only you to see and included in or left in the meeting recording so you can quickly click and listen to what you missed. Personalized timeline markers are expanded to include when your name has been mentioned and when a screen has been shared.

Intelligent summary of Microsoft Teams Premium
Microsoft’s “intelligent summarization” coming to Microsoft Teams is made possible by OpenAI.
(Image: Microsoft)

Microsoft also highlighted a feature that is already available: Live translations. With Microsoft Teams Premium, users get “… AI-powered real-time translations from 40 spoken languages. Meeting participants can read captions in their own language, saving money and making meetings more productive and effortless. Only the meeting organizer needs to have Teams Premium so that all meeting participants can enjoy live translations.”

It should come as no surprise that Microsoft is going hard on AI. The technologies have been teased for years, but with the recent release of ChatGPT-3.5 by OpenAI, it seems that “AI” has gone from buzzword to reality very quickly. Microsoft is a prominent investor in OpenAI, with $1 billion in the past and a possible $10 billion salary on its way.

Just today it was reported that Microsoft is building GPT-4 features into Microsoft Bing and that this infusion could take place in the “coming weeks.” Not much is known about GPT-4, but Semafor, who broke the news, noted from his sources that it is “much more responsive than the current version, and the answers sound more human and are more detailed.”

Microsoft is also reportedly making great strides in AI because of its supercomputer, announced in 2020, which uses OpenAI to train datasets. Currently, while ChatGPT-3 is concerned with its results and accuracy, speed can be slow, which GPT-4 is reportedly addressing.

Earlier reports also said Microsoft is putting AI in Office. In related news, Microsoft is facing an EU antitrust complaint and investigation brought by rival Slack.

Source: windows central

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