Microsoft's AI-powered PowerPoint Copilot Feature Leaked Ahead of Announcement

Russell Kidson
Mar 17, 2023
Updated • Mar 17, 2023

Microsoft's recent AI event, held yesterday, was highly anticipated and a noteworthy accomplishment. However, prior to the event, details about one of the expected announcements were leaked by a Twitter user with the handle h0x0d. This leak revealed a new PowerPoint feature called 'Copilot,' which is poised to revolutionize the way that users generate presentations. By using AI that is similar to ChatGPT, this feature is capable of autonomously creating presentations based on a Word document provided by the user.

With the Copilot feature, Microsoft is further expanding its portfolio of productivity applications that use AI to streamline work processes. By offering users a smart assistant that can generate high-quality presentations with minimal effort, Microsoft is empowering individuals and businesses to be more efficient and productive in their work.

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As per the leaked details, the Copilot feature is expected to be incorporated as a sidebar in the online version of PowerPoint. Once activated, users can request the AI assistant to generate a presentation based on the contents of a Word document. The feature then promptly creates a complete slide deck that aligns with the subject matter of the document provided.

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The Copilot feature could prove to be a game-changer for professionals who are pressed for time, as it enables them to generate presentations without needing to devote significant time and effort to crafting individual slides. By leveraging AI technology to automate this process, Microsoft's Copilot feature could potentially allow users to focus on other aspects of their work while simultaneously increasing their productivity.

The Copilot assistant offers more than just automated presentation generation. Users can also instruct the chatbot to 'add animations to this slide' or 'apply a modern style to the presentation.' This functionality suggests that Copilot may offer additional capabilities, such as controlling PowerPoint features, through a conversational interface.

By enabling users to customize slides with ease and without requiring in-depth knowledge of complex features, Copilot could prove to be an invaluable tool for professionals who require well-designed presentations but lack the expertise or time to create them from scratch.

The new Copilot feature in PowerPoint bears a resemblance to how Google uses AI in Slides to incorporate multimedia elements such as imagery, audio, and video to enhance presentations. It is worth noting that Google announced its own AI-powered enhancements to Gmail, Docs, Slides, and other Google Workspace productivity applications earlier this week, just ahead of Microsoft's AI event.

While Google can claim to have announced these new features first, the company recently experienced a setback with the announcement of its conversational AI model, LaMDA. Therefore, it remains to be seen which of these tech giants will ultimately come out on top in the AI arms race.


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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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