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Microsoft one ups Google with surprise AI event later today!

Take a seat. Microsoft and Google's new AI war is just starting.
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Published onFebruary 7, 2023

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TL;DR
  • Microsoft is holding a press conference later today, and ChatGPT announcements are very much on the cards.
  • OpenAI CEO Sam Altman is also in Redmond for the event.
  • We might finally see Microsoft announce ChatGPT integration for Bing.

A day after Google announced its ChatGPT competitor — Bard — Microsoft has announced a surprise AI event happening later today. The in-person press event will take place at the company’s Redmond headquarters on February 7 at 1 PM ET.

The Verge is calling it a major news event where the company is expected to talk primarily about AI and a possible ChatGPT integration for Bing. Adding fuel to the fire, OpenAI CEO Sam Altman is also in Redmond for today’s event. He posted a selfie with Satya Nadella on Twittaying that he’s excited about the upcoming event. So there’s no doubt ChatGPT will be at the forefront of this surprise gathering.

hello from redmond! excited for the event tomorrow pic.twitter.com/b7TUr0ti42
— Sam Altman (@sama) February 6, 2023

Meanwhile, Google has its own AI and Search-related event scheduled for February 8. It’s unclear if the company will say more about its newly announced AI-powered bot Bard, but it looks like Microsoft wanted to beat it to the punch with its own announcements.

Microsoft is no stranger to ChatGPT. The company recently pumped $10 billion into OpenAI for a multiyear partnership. It’s now OpenAI’s exclusive cloud service provider. Microsoft also plans to deploy OpenAI’s tech in many of its products. It recently announced ChatGPT integration for Microsoft Teams, which will see the AI bot take meeting notes automatically.

The next prime candidate to get ChatGPT is Microsoft Bing. A user of the search engine spotted a chatbot interface in it last week. It’s possible Microsoft is ready to roll it out widely or at least announce its plans around the integration.