Today, Microsoft unveiled the next lineup of their products to use the incredible, Large Language Model powered by OpenAI’s ChatGPT. Called Microsoft 365 Copilot, a similar tech has been in service in #github for nearly a year auto-generating software source code from simple prompts, this one does repetitive work for you automatically inside productivity apps like Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook & Teams. The demos were breathtaking. To me, having designed solutions in the early days of VBA with VBScripts, and later with Office API for SharePoint. From that lens, the engineering that would’ve gone into Microsoft Office Copilot to work looks unbelievable. I am curious to learn about the “Grounding” that was mentioned by Microsoft.
I dreamed of something like this seven years ago in my blog post about how little software design has changed and how far it has to go. And now, with the announcement of Microsoft 365 CoPilot that dream appears to be coming to life. The difference is Cortona is not around to see the day, but she will be hardly missed. As the LLM like ChatGPT keeps improving it will only take integration with Text2Speech and Speech2Text engines which are already sophisticated and close enough to pass a Turing test to design a system like the one I imagined in a blog post in April 2016.