Microsoft Designer: Microsoft Announces New Creator Tools

Microsoft this morning announced some new creator tools in Microsoft 365 alongside its new Surface devices and PC accessories. Microsoft Designer, a new AI-powered graphic design app is the latest addition to the Microsoft 365 ecosystem.

Microsoft also announced other AI-powered tools for creators today, including Microsoft Create, a new web app available starting today. A new Image Creator feature is also coming soon to Bing and Microsoft Edge.

Microsoft Designer launched in private preview

Microsoft Designer builds on the existing Designer feature in PowerPoint. It leverages DALL∙E 2 technology by OpenAI, which uses state-of-the-art machine learning models to generalize digital images from natural language descriptions.

"Designer invites you to start with an idea and let AI do the heavy lifting. For example, with 'start from scratch' within Designer, you can simply describe the image you want to see." are, and the app works to make it completely unique to you," explained Liat Ben-Zur, CVP of Modern Life, Search and Tools at Microsoft.

Microsoft Designer is launching in private preview on the web today, with more features to come over time. When it's out of preview the app will be free to use but will have special features for Microsoft 365 subscribers. Microsoft also plans to integrate Designer with Microsoft Edge and allow users to create visual content without leaving their browser window.

New Image Creator in Bing and Microsoft Edge

Microsoft has used the same DALL∙E 2 technology that powers Microsoft Create to add a new Image Creator feature to Bing and Microsoft Edge. The feature will allow users to create an image from scratch using a description that can take into account details such as location or art style.

Image Creator will be available from the Bing Images tab, the URL, as well as the upcoming Image Creator icon in the Microsoft Edge sidebar. "We'll be launching soon with a limited preview for select geographic regions, which will allow us to collect feedback, apply learnings, and improve the experience," Ben-Zur explained to TODAY.

Microsoft Create, a new inspirational website

Microsoft is also launching Microsoft Create today, a new website providing resources on how to get started with Microsoft's various creative apps. Microsoft wants this new website to be a destination for content creators looking for some inspiration, and the company plans to add more content for Microsoft to make over time.

"It's the ultimate creator launchpad that brings together the power of our content creation apps—from Designer to Clipchamp to PowerPoint to Word and beyond. Create can help spark inspiration and bring professional templates, curated articles, and more to your level up your skills with videos of other people who have been in the shoes,” Ben-Zur explained.


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