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Microsoft Expands Copilot to Telegram

ByHuey Yee Ong

Jun 1, 2024
Microsoft Expands Copilot to Telegram

Microsoft Expands Copilot to Telegram

Microsoft has launched its AI-powered Copilot as an interactive chatbot on Telegram. This new feature, named Copilot for Telegram, is currently available in beta and operates seamlessly within the Telegram app, allowing users to engage with the AI in conversational dialogue.

Copilot for Telegram mimics a natural conversation flow, akin to chatting with a human friend. This interactive capability enables it to field a broad spectrum of queries, ranging from entertainment recommendations to real-time information such as sports updates.

Users interested in experiencing this new feature can easily access it by searching for @CopilotOfficialBot within the app. The service is provided at no additional cost, available on both mobile and desktop platforms. However, it’s important to note that utilizing this service requires sharing your phone number.

This move by Microsoft to port Copilot into Telegram reflects a strategic expansion of its AI capabilities beyond its proprietary ecosystem, which includes integration into Microsoft 365 and Teams, as well as specialized AI-first hardware like the Copilot+ PCs. By branching out to third-party applications such as Telegram, Microsoft is not only enhancing its service offerings but also positioning its AI solutions to become more ubiquitous in everyday apps.

The landscape of AI-driven communication tools is becoming increasingly competitive, with companies like Meta and Google also advancing their efforts.

Meta has been actively testing its Meta AI across various platforms including Instagram, Messenger, and WhatsApp. Google, not to be outdone, offers Gemini, a generative AI that integrates directly with Google Messages on Android, providing functionalities that rival Microsoft’s Copilot. Snapchat has also entered this arena, utilizing ChatGPT to power its responsive AI chatbot that interacts with users through Snaps.

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Huey Yee Ong

Hello, from one tech geek to another. Not your beloved TechCrunch writer, but a writer with an avid interest in the fast-paced tech scenes and all the latest tech mojo. I bring with me a unique take towards tech with a honed applied psychology perspective to make tech news digestible. In other words, I deliver tech news that is easy to read.

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