Microsoft Teams Introduces AI-Powered Features


Microsoft is introducing a new and more intelligent version of its video conferencing software, Teams. Powered by OpenAI’s GPT-3.5 model, the new version of Teams includes features such as automatically generated meeting notes, recommended tasks, and personalized highlights for users.
This AI-based feature can also perform tasks such as taking notes during meetings and producing summaries as well as transcripts. Additionally, Teams now offers real-time translation for 40 languages with live captions. With the Elgato Stream Deck, users can toggle their camera, background, and mute with a single touch.

An additional feature of Teams is AI-generated tasks and action items, which can be automatically allocated to individuals. In order to justify its AI spending spree, Microsoft has partnered with OpenAI to provide Teams with these new features.
Microsoft has announced that OpenAI’s ChatGPT will be integrated into its meeting software and its sales app, Viva Sales. The ChatGPT-like capabilities will enable users to rapidly locate, retrieve, and present all relevant data across an enterprise’s information systems.

With these new AI-powered features, Microsoft is hoping to “re-energize employees to achieve business results” and “optimize IT investments”. However, there are concerns about the potential for ChatGPT to take away jobs from humans. The AI-bot has already passed a law school exam and has authored legislation, raising questions about the future of human labor. While the potential to streamline processes and improve productivity is exciting, the impact of AI technology on the workforce remains to be seen.

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