Google vs Microsoft: Who is the AI giant

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  • Google and Microsoft have launched the same product, just under different names. AI in google Workspace and Microsoft 365 Copilot operate in the same way.
  • Google has launched a chatbox, Bard, to rival OpenAI’s ChatGPT.
  • AI capabilities get better with human interaction.

2023: The year for AI solutions

In a bid to dominate the AI industry, Google and Microsoft are driving many corporations out of business. Last week, both tech giants launched user-interactive AI tools and added AI to their existing products. Objectively, inventions in Artificial Intelligence will only get more intense.

Google and Microsoft have launched the same thing, just under different names. AI in google Workspace and Microsoft 365 Copilot operate in the same way.

Google invests heavily in AI.

Google tops the list among the companies that have felt the heat of the GPT series launch. The ease ChatGPT provides in giving feedback is eating into a large chunk of Google’s market. Google now seeks to ride on the Artificial Intelligence wave, launching several AI products to close the competition gap.

Specifically, Microsoft has been giving Google search engine nightmares with their support of OpenAI.

Microsoft invests US$10 billion in OpenAI.

Microsoft extended its partnership with OpenAI in a bid to leverage against its tech competitors, Google, Apple and others, in a US$10 billion investment. The two companies have made previous agreements in 2021 and 2021.

Since its launch, ChatGPT has been, by far, the most successful AI technology, gaining one million users five days after its launch. Last week open AI revealed the fourth iteration of its GPT series, GPT4, a premium version that can generate texts and codes from images. GPT-4 can also be accessed in Bing, Microsoft’s search engine.

Read: ChatGPT AI eases blockchain, web3 adoption by offering limitless information

ChatGPT rival: Google launches Bard

Google has launched a Bard chatbox to rival OpenAI’s and Microsoft-backed ChatGPT. The rollout for Bard started on March 21, 2023. It responds to text-based questions and will run separately from their main search engine.

They said Bard will only provide English-only answers and will provide access to users who sign up for its waitlist in the United States and the United Kingdom.

“We want to get feedback and gradually phase up the number of people who have access to Bard. The reason is that we want to be able to test and learn from that before we roll it out very widely.” Zoubin Ghahramani -Vp, Google Research.

Google vs Microsoft: Who is the AI giant
Google vs Microsoft: Who is the AI giant

AI in Google’s Workspace. 

On March 14, Google introduced AI to its Workspace, including Gmail, Google Docs and Excel. The interactive AI will help users in the following ways in the various Google packages.

Gmail

  • Drafting of an email- Give the AI specifics on what you want to address in the email, and it drafts one.
  • Automatic reply- Insert a sent email, and Gmail will automatically reply.
  • Summarize emails- Insert a conversation of several emails. It picks the major takeaways from the emails and summarises them.

Google Docs

  • Brainstorm- Give it a topic, and it will generate an article for you. 
  • Proofread- Copy an article on Google docs to verify the information therein.
  • Writing and re-writing of documents.

Google Slides

Brings creative vision to life with auto-generated images, videos and audio.

Excel Sheets

Conversion of raw data to insights and analysis through auto-completion, formula generation and contextual categorization.

Google Meet

Generation of new backgrounds and note capturing.

Google Chat

Enable workflows for getting things done.

The initial rollout is happening in Gmail and docs. Google reports that AI betters with user interaction, and they are running it with its team of testers before launching the products to the public. AI capabilities get better with human interaction.

Microsoft 365 Copilot

On March 16, two days after Google’s AI workspace, Microsoft launched “Microsoft 365 Copilot- your copilot for work”. Microsoft is building Copilot in Excel, Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Teams Meetings and the new Business Chat. The Business Chat feature is trained with already existing data, where a user can manipulate it to get any desired information from the data.

Microsoft word

Creates a draft based on a prompt. Copilot can also create a document from collaborative content across different sources.

Microsoft Excel

Works with natural language prompted to generate answers that previously needed complex formulas. Copilot can show you different projections and visualization and give recommendations.

Microsoft PowerPoint

Generate visuals from a word document. It comes in handy to summarize longer presentations.

All the other features work almost the same as their corresponding similarities in Google AI in workplace.

The system combines three technologies.

  • The Microsoft apps (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, Teams, Business Chat)
  • Microsoft Graph – a single-point source in the cloud for all the user’s data across all the apps they use on Microsoft 365).
  • The GPT-4 Language Model- Parses, understands and generates human-readable text.

The coming days are promising, and it will be interesting to see the possibilities AI will bring forth. Moreover, it is a site to behold how businesses must reinvent themselves to survive the AI-intoxicated ecosystem.

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JOSEPH KANGETHE
JOSEPH KANGETHE
I am a tech, business, and investment news reporter covering Africa. Most of what is good in Africa is obscured by preconceptions, yet there is still a lot of good going on. Technology is what is driving the continent and this is my passion. For Africa, I share the stories that are important to Africans.