Microsoft has scheduled a major news event for February 7, 2023. The software company sent out invitations to an in-person event at its headquarters in Redmond and has now made an official announcement regarding the event, following Google’s announcement of its ChatGPT rival, Bard. The event will take place at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET on February 7 and will be led by Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella, who will share updates on various exciting projects.

The recent extension of Microsoft’s partnership with OpenAI, worth $10 billion, has added more weight to speculations that the event may focus on Microsoft’s rumored integration of ChatGPT into Bing and its partnership with OpenAI. Microsoft’s cloud services will now power all OpenAI workloads, products, API services, and research.

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There are indications that Microsoft will integrate ChatGPT into its Bing search results, in response to Google’s Bard. This integration appears to have been briefly leaked last week, with some Bing users spotting a new chat section with a chatbot-like interface to obtain answers from Microsoft’s search engine. The company refers to this integration as “the new Bing,” which will provide “complete answers” to real questions.

Additionally, Microsoft is planning to incorporate OpenAI’s models into its consumer and enterprise products, beyond Bing. There are rumors that Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook may also be integrated with OpenAI technology. Microsoft recently launched Microsoft Teams Premium, which is powered by OpenAI.

This event comes a day before Google’s own event on search and AI on February 8, 2023, which suggests that the search giant is concerned about the recent launch of ChatGPT. The Verge will be in Redmond to cover all announcements from the event and will provide live blog coverage starting at 1 PM ET on February 7. The event will not be livestreamed by Microsoft.