Microsoft provides tools for building AI software

Microsoft on Tuesday unveiled new tools designed to encourage programmers to incorporate AI technology into Windows software. The company is competing with Alphabet, and Apple to dominate this new technology.

At a developer conference in Seattle, chief executive Satya Nadella talked about new application programming interfaces (APIs) that will make it easier for developers to use AI technology from Microsoft.

According to the company, 1.8 million developers now use Github Copilot, Microsoft’s generative AI tool that helps computer programmers be more productive.

“When I look back on the past year, what strikes me is how you as developers seized all the opportunities to change the world around me,” Nadella said during his keynote speech at the Build conference.

Microsoft has released new features for its AI software Copilot, which powers productivity apps like email and video and text chat product teams. At its developer conference last week, Google unveiled similar AI tools to help people use Office apps.

Microsoft announced details of its new developer tools last week.

Shares of Microsoft rose 1.2% to $430.67 on Tuesday afternoon, having previously hit a record high of $432.97. Microsoft shares have recovered 14% in 2024.

With developers in mind, Microsoft announced last Thursday that it will offer its cloud computing customers a platform powered by AI chips from AMD, competing with Nvidia, whose graphics processors have become the gold standard for AI computing.

Microsoft’s platform with AMD chips uses InfiniBand network technology developed by Nvidia to link processors together.

On Monday, Microsoft introduced a line of Copilot+ personal computers with AI features, like software that allows users to search their past actions in any software. The new computers are equipped with ARM-based processors from Qualcomm. (Reporting by Max Cerny in Seattle Additional reporting by Yuvraj Malik in Bengaluru and Stephen Nellis in San Francisco Editing by Noel Randewich Editing by Matthew Lewis)

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