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Microsoft’s new Designer app integrates OpenAI’s DALL-E 2 image generator Graphic design


Using OpenAI’s DALL-E 2 to generate images in the new Microsoft Designer app. (Microsoft Animation)

Microsoft Designer will be a standalone application that allows users to create and share advanced graphics.

Designer capitalizes on Microsoft’s partnership with research lab OpenAI to integrate DALL-E 2, which uses AI to generate images based on text descriptions.

Acknowledging the inherent risks of abuse of DALL-E 2, Microsoft says it has been working on its own and with OpenAI in an attempt to prevent the feature from delivering “inappropriate results,” such as explicit sexual and violent content; from reinforcing stereotypes; or from being otherwise misused.

Microsoft’s new app is designed to compete with other programs and services, such as Canva or Adobe Express (formerly Adobe Spark).

Microsoft has announced Designer in a bigger product launch that includes new versions of many Microsoft Surface devices and accessories.

Microsoft also announced that it would release an Image Creator function for Bing’s search engine. It will use DALL-E 2.

Evolution of office: Designer is the latest step in Microsoft’s attempt to keep its productivity software business growing, starting with the 2011 transition of its Office apps (Word, Excel, PowerPoint etc.) from traditional licensing to a subscription-based software-as-a-service model with what was then Office 365.

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Office apps and related services, including the Microsoft Teams communication and collaboration service, generated $44.8 billion in revenue in Microsoft’s 2022 fiscal year, up more than 12% year-over-year, ahead of Windows but behind Microsoft Azure and server products in overall revenue for the year.

Designer grew out of a PowerPoint feature of the same name, and uses a similar approach, with a “design ideas” capability that offers different suggestions for laying out content.

Platforms and rollout Microsoft Designer will be offered by the company free Windows app and the Personal and Family editions (with additional features) of Microsoft 365 software suite. Microsoft will also integrate Designer into its Edge browser, which is available on Apple’s macOS and other platforms.

The company claims that the initial release of the app will be as an ad-free version. free A web preview is available, but not all the features. This will be in preparation for general availability at a later date that has yet to be announced.

Content protections: Microsoft’s plan for keeping DALL-E 2 from being misused includes blocking text submissions dealing with what the company considers sensitive topics.

According to the company, it also has technology to help surface diverse images. This is to combat potential biases in data that was used to train AI algorithms.

However, Microsoft suggests that the approach isn’t foolproof. “This is an area we are actively working to address and continuously improve,” writes Liat Ben-Zur, Microsoft corporate vice president of Modern Life, Search & Devices, in a post announcing the new Designer app.

The company invested $1 billion in OpenAI in 2019 in a deal that included rights to commercialize the lab’s creations. Microsoft has previously rolled out products based on OpenAI’s GPT-3 natural language processing technology.

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