– Microsoft is integrating ChatGPT-powered AI tools into its Excel spreadsheet software.
– Users will be able to create tables using data fed into or requested by a Bing Chat AI window.
– The tables can be opened and edited within the same window using the Excel web app.
– There may be closer integration between ChatGPT and other Microsoft 365 tools, including Word and Powerpoint.
– ChatGPT could also connect with Google Workspace services like Docs, Sheets, and Slides.
– The integration aims to provide access to information and add context to conversations.
– The features are currently in testing and there is no information on wider availability.
– Microsoft recently announced the general availability of Microsoft 365 Copilot, but it requires an additional subscription fee.
As spotted by Windows Latest, the move will allow users to create a table using data fed into, or requested by, a Bing Chat AI window. The platform will then create a table which can be opened and edited within the same window using the Excel web app, meaning you never have to leave your initial chat.
Excel in ChatGPT
In its test, Windows Latest found that the creation happens in real-time, and was able to bring together a wide variety of data sources to create the table, which does not need to be separately exported and opened in Excel, instead opening in a new browser tab.
This may not continue to be the case moving forward, as the tool appears to still be in testing at the present time, and may expand into working more with the native Office 365 app.
Elsewhere, there also appears to be closer integration between ChatGPT and other Microsoft 365 tools, including Microsoft Word and Powerpoint, coming soon. Windows Latest spotted a menu offering the chance to connect these apps, and also Google Workspace services such as Docs, Sheets and Slides, to the service, meaning ChatGPT could “access their information” and “add them as context to your conversations”.
This is similar to the current system employed by Windows Copilot, which analyses and examines your Microsoft 365 files for information and context it thinks will be useful in conversations or projects going forward.
There’s no concrete details on the wider availability of these features just yet, but we’ll keep an eye out for greater integration as and when it launches.
The company recently announced the general availability of Microsoft 365 Copilot, however users will need to pay at least $9,000 per month on top of their existing Microsoft 365 enterprise subscription to get access.
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Microsoft has announced new integrations between its ChatGPT-powered AI tool and Microsoft Excel. This integration will allow users to create and edit Excel spreadsheets within the Bing Chat AI window, eliminating the need to switch between applications. The feature is currently in testing and may expand to include other Microsoft 365 tools like Word and PowerPoint. Additionally, there are plans to connect ChatGPT with Google Workspace services such as Docs, Sheets, and Slides. This integration aims to provide users with easy access to information and context within their conversations. The availability of these features and greater integration details have not been confirmed yet. Microsoft also recently announced the general availability of Microsoft 365 Copilot, but it comes with an additional cost on top of the existing Microsoft 365 subscription.