On March 16, Microsoft will reveal the next stage of its AI masterplan

Martin Brinkmann
Mar 7, 2023
Updated • Mar 7, 2023

Microsoft announced today that it will hold an online event on March 16. Called "The Future of Work: Reinventing Productivity with AI", or short, "The Future of Work with AI", it starts at 4:00 PM CEST (8 AM Pacific Time) on Tuesday, March 16, 2023.

The online event, which Microsoft announced on its Linkedin website, will be live streamed. Microsoft Chairma and CEO Satya Nadella and Microsoft Corporate Vice President of Modern Work and Business Applications, Jared Spataro, will be the presenters.

Details are scarce, but Microsoft reveals that attendees will "lean how AI will power a whole new way of working for every person and organization".

While there are no additional information about the event from Microsoft, it appears to be the long-awaited demonstration of an AI-infused Microsoft Office.

Back in February, The Verge reported that Microsoft was planning to hold an event in the near future, with the target month March, that would demo ChatGPT-like AI in Word, PowerPoint and Outlook.

Now that Microsoft launched Bing Chat and AI capabilities in Windows Search and Microsoft Edge, it is continuing the AI push in Office.

Microsoft has tested AI already in some of the Office applications. In Outlook, the email program, Microsoft used GPT models to test search improvements and reply suggestions. In Word, Microsoft integrated AI to help writers improve their writing.

Microsoft Viva Sales got a generative AI experience in early February 2023 already, which uses the Azure OpenAI Service and GPT to create sales emails.

While it is not even clear if Office will be at the center of the presentation, it is almost certain that Office will play a major role, as the event is targeted at organizations and individuals.

Microsoft could demo a Word writing companion, similar to DeepL Write, that suggests different words or phrases, or may rewrite entire passages. It could also demo new AI-powered spreadsheet capabilities, such as downloading financial reports and creating spreadsheets; this feature was highlighted by Microsoft earlier as part of Microsoft Edge's AI infusion. Verification after Microsoft's event took place suggested that the AI got the numbers wrong, however.  For PowerPoint, Microsoft could demo an AI option to create a presentation based on information provided by the user. Most Office apps may get search and research functionality powered by AI.

Closing Words

Microsoft continues its AI push with the March 16, 2023. The company is a first mover and seems to have outpaced Google for now. Bing Chat is already available, and AI is also available in Microsoft Edge and, as search, in Windows 11. Google has yet to release Bard, or a preview of it, to the public.

Now You: what would you like to see during the event? (via Neowin)

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  1. Some Dude said on March 19, 2023 at 11:42 am

    Are these articles AI generated?

    Now the duplicates are more obvious.

    1. boris said on March 19, 2023 at 11:48 pm

      This is below AI generated crap. It is copy of Microsoft Help website article without any relevant supporting text. Anyway you can find this information on many pages.

  2. Paul(us) said on March 20, 2023 at 1:32 am

    Yes, but why post the exact same article under a different title twice on the same day (19 march 2023), by two different writers?
    1.) Excel Keyboard Shortcuts by Trevor Monteiro.
    2.) 70+ Excel Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows by Priyanka Monteiro

    Why oh why?

    1. Clairvaux said on September 6, 2023 at 11:30 am

      Yeah. Tell me more about “Priyanka Monteiro”. I’m dying to know. Indian-Portuguese bot ?

  3. John G. said on August 18, 2023 at 4:36 pm

    Probably they will announce that the taskbar will be placed at top, right or left, at your will.

    Special event by they is a special crap for us.

  4. yanta said on August 18, 2023 at 11:59 pm

    If it’s Microsoft, don’t buy it.
    Better brands at better prices elsewhere.

  5. John G. said on August 20, 2023 at 4:22 am

    All new articles have zero count comments. :S

  6. Anonymous said on September 5, 2023 at 7:48 am

    WTF? So, If I add one photo to 5 albums, will it count 5x on my storage?
    It does not make any sense… on google photos, we can add photo to multiple albums, and it does not generate any additional space usage

    I have O365 until end of this year, mostly for onedrive and probably will jump into google one

  7. St Albans Digital Printing Inc said on September 5, 2023 at 11:53 am

    Photo storage must be kept free because customers chose gadgets just for photos and photos only.

  8. Anonymous said on September 5, 2023 at 12:47 pm

    What a nonsense. Does it mean that albums are de facto folders with copies of our pictures?

    1. GG said on September 6, 2023 at 8:24 am

      Sounds exactly like the poor coding Microsoft is known for in non-critical areas i.e. non Windows Core/Office Core.

      I imagine a manager gave an employee the task to create the album feature with hardly any time so they just copied the folder feature with some cosmetic changes.

      And now that they discovered what poor management results in do they go back and do the album feature properly?

      Nope, just charge the customer twice.

      Sounds like a go-getter that needs to be promoted for increasing sales and managing underlings “efficiently”, said the next layer of middle management.

  9. d3x said on September 5, 2023 at 7:33 pm

    When will those comments get fixed? Was every editor here replaced by AI and no one even works on this site?

  10. Scroogled said on September 5, 2023 at 10:47 pm

    Instead of a software company, Microsoft is now a fraud company.

  11. ard said on September 7, 2023 at 4:59 pm

    For me this is proof that Microsoft has a back-door option into all accounts in their cloud.
    quote “…… as the MSA key allowed the hacker group access to virtually any cloud account at Microsoft…..”

    so this MSA key which is available to MS officers can give access to all accounts in MS cloud.This is the backdoor that MS has into the cloud accounts. Lucky I never got any relevant files of mine in their (MS) cloud.

  12. Andy Prough said on September 7, 2023 at 6:52 pm

    >”Now You: what is your theory?”

    That someone handed an employee a briefcase full of cash and the employee allowed them access to all their accounts and systems.

    Anything that requires 5-10 different coincidences to happen is highly unlikely. Occam’s razor.

  13. TelV said on September 8, 2023 at 12:04 pm

    Good reason to never login to your precious machine with a Microsoft a/c a.k.a. as the cloud.

  14. Anonymous said on September 18, 2023 at 1:23 pm

    The GAFAM are always very careless about our software automatically sending to them telemetry and crash dumps in our backs. It’s a reminder not to send them anything when it’s possible to opt out, and not to opt in, considering what they may contain. And there is irony in this carelessness biting them back, even if in that case they show that they are much more cautious when it’s their own data that is at stake.

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