Microsoft is holding a surprise and mysterious launch at its Redmond headquarters on Tuesday, February 7. It could be Bing ChatGPT integration going out to party or something else entirely, we just don’t know yet.
Windows 11’s parent company sent invitations to a select group of media and tech analysts last week, but is letting everyone talk about it – after a few possible leaks – only today.
In the invitation, the company says it is “sharing progress on several exciting projects” and the discussion will be led by CEO Satya Nadella. What’s missing here is, well, a lot of things. The company has no plans to broadcast the event live; it also offers zero information about the types of products, projects, and even product categories that will be discussed.
What we do and what we don’t know
We only know that there will be practical demonstrations. It could be hardware like the Microsoft Surface Duo 3 smartphone. But with the recent apparent Bing ChatGPT leaks, many are betting that we’ll see an AI-infused search engine instead.
According to the description by Owen Yin (opens in a new tab) (By Edge (opens in a new tab)), which got a brief glimpse into what could be Microsoft’s next generation search engine, Bing would integrate an interface very similar to ChatGPT that could accept natural language queries and return very intelligent results. The standard Bing search engine, based on this possible leak, would work alongside AI integration.
Microsoft’s news comes as Google unveiled its ChatGPT rival, the Bard AI, in a very limited release, but with the promise that it will soon appear in Google Search.
Surface products, laptops, by the way, are unlikely. The company introduced its entire new Surface lineup, including the Surface Pro 9 5G, Surface Laptop 5, and Surface Studio 2 Plus less than four months ago. It’s also unlikely to have anything to do with Microsoft Hololens, a mixed reality headset and part of the business that now seems to be running on fumes.
However, we have good news. Whatever Microsoft and Nadella are planning tomorrow, TechRadar will be right there. Your intrepid reporter has an invitation and is on his way there. We will share more details as we get them. Be sure to block TechRadar and this reporter’s Twitter feed (opens in a new tab) live details.