If you are looking for an answer to the question What is Artificial Intelligence? and you only have a minute, then here's the definition the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence offers on its home page: "the scientific understanding of the mechanisms underlying thought and intelligent behavior and their embodiment in machines."
However, if you are fortunate enough to have more than a minute, then please get ready to embark upon an exciting journey exploring AI (but beware, it could last a lifetime) …
Today, Yusuf Mehdi, Corporate Vice President of Modern Life and Devices, announced the availability of new Microsoft 365 Personal and Family subscriptions. In his blog, he shared a few examples of how Microsoft 365 is innovating to deliver experiences powered by artificial intelligence (AI) to billions of users every day. Whether through familiar products like Outlook and PowerPoint, or through new offerings such as Presenter Coach and Microsoft Editor across Word, Outlook, and the web, Microsoft 365 relies on Azure AI to offer new capabilities that make their users even more productive. Azure AI is a set of AI services built on Microsoft's breakthrough innovation from decades of world-class research in vision, speech, language processing, and custom machine learning. What is particularly exciting is that Azure AI provides our customers with access to the same proven AI capabilities that power Microsoft 365, Xbox, HoloLens, and Bing.
Microsoft this week launched an Office app that replaces Word, Excel, and PowerPoint on Android and iOS. Merging three apps into one, while adding more features, is quite the achievement. The new Office app is not just for consuming content and maybe a little light editing on the side, but actually creating content on the go. Most interestingly, a lot of these features fundamentally require AI and machine learning to achieve this new mobile productivity paradigm. Microsoft has been adding AI-driven features to its once most profitable product line for years now -- we did a recap of just a handful last year.
Microsoft has added so many AI-driven features to its Office 365 productivity suite this year that we wanted to pull together a comprehensive list -- but it's not as straightforward as it might seem. Features like PowerPoint Designer, OneNote's ink to text, and Word's grammar and style suggestions got notable improvements, but they didn't first show up in 2019. The team is constantly trying to figure out what makes users more productive and what doesn't. Many of the features also rely on machine learning models that adapt based on usage. "You get this amazing signal about how it's making them more productive, how often are they using it and engaging with it, how often are they keeping the results of what you suggest to them," Microsoft 365 general manager Rob Howard told VentureBeat.
Welcome to Day 23 of 365 Ideas for Office 365. We temporarily moved on from OneNote and Immersive Reader into exploring the depth and richness of PowerPoint. Yesterday we looked at aligning and distributing items visually on a slide. Today we're looking at Morph, a really cool transition that makes uses AI (Artificial Intelligence) to make items change size and position as you advance form one slide to another. Here's the first one I ever did, which I call my Gatsby Morph.
This week's curated content includes links exploring the following: This post examines a simple design technique that can help mitigate that risk: the bottleneck. How Big Data and Artificial Intelligence Will Go Hand in Hand? by Nitin Garg Big data and artificial intelligence are two major forces of change shaping the future of work. Understanding these technological advancements and how they will alter the future of our workplaces is important in order for learning professionals to support the workforce of the future. This post provides a great look at both trends, highlighting how they are changing the future of work and sharing examples of how these technologies will be used in workplaces. Ernest Hemingway's Top 5 Tips for Writing Well by Brian Clark Writing is a huge part of the elearning professionals skill set.
Microsoft's Ignite conference starts today in Orlando, Florida, where the company is expected to announce updates across its product portfolio. More than a few were revealed this morning on the Microsoft 365 side of the business, which encompasses not only Office 365 products like Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook but Yammer, OneNote, and OneDrive. A preview of Ideas in Word for the web is rolling out for Office 365 commercial users. It's an AI-powered proofreader that taps natural language processing and machine learning to deliver intelligent, contextually aware suggestions that could improve a document's readability. For instance, Ideas in Word will recommend ways to make phrases more concise, clear, and inclusive.
By watching and listening to you present in "rehearsal mode," the new PowerPoint Presentation Coach – part of the Microsoft 365 office suite -- is not only smart enough to analyze the pace of your presentation, it's also able to detect whether slides have too many words. It will even make word choice suggestions so that you can avoid things like "um's" and "ah's" and steer away from culturally insensitive phrases like "you guys" or "best man for the job." In addition to offering suggestions, a timer and commentary as you practice in real-time, you'll then receive a summary dashboard of recommendations once the rehearsal is over.
A few months ago, Microsoft announced that PowerPoint would soon get an AI-powered presentation coach that could help you prepare for that important next presentation by giving you immediate feedback. Today, the company is launching this new tool, starting with the web version of PowerPoint. Public speaking is a skill that takes lots of practice, but few people ever rehearse their presentations. Some don't because they maybe think they are already great (but aren't) and others because even the rehearsal makes them nervous. There's no doubt, though, that practicing a presentation helps.
Let's face it--presentations can be stressful. You have a goal and you want to be successful, and that's when the fear, stress, and discomfort becomes real. Will your presentation help you land your message? Can you deliver the presentation effectively and in a way that maximizes your success? These are all real emotions that many people face when tasked with a making a presentation.