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GitHub’s Copilot Chat is now in public preview for businesses

GitHub’s Copilot Chat is now in public preview for businesses

Earlier this year, GitHub announced Copilot X, an initiative to extend its Copilot code completion tool to more use cases, including a ChatGPT-based code-centric chatbot. Until now, this chatbot was only available in a private preview, but starting today, Copilot Chat is now available as a limited public beta for all GitHub business users on Visual Studio and VS Code. “This new evolution turns GitHub Copilot into a context-aware conversational assistant right in the IDE, allowing developers to execute some of the most complex tasks with simple prompts,” GitHub’s Mario Rodriguez writes in today’s announcement. “Every developer on your team, from the least to the most experienced, will be able to build entire applications or debug vast arrays of code in a matter of minutes instead of a matter of days.” The promise of Copilot Chat is that it isn’t just a chatbot but also aware of the entire context of the code you are working on. Copilot Chat may be powered by GPT-4, but GitHub stresses that its ability to understand the context of …

GitHub’s Thomas Dohmke talks open source, AI and more on the Disrupt SaaS Stage

GitHub’s Thomas Dohmke talks open source, AI and more on the Disrupt SaaS Stage

Stating the obvious, you can’t have software-as-a-service (SaaS) companies without software developers. Creative developers build the proprietary and open-source code that fuels commercial engines around the world. Yet as we know, technologies can change entire industries. And that begs the question, what’s the future of coding in the age of AI? It’s a huge issue and just one reason why we’re thrilled that Thomas Dohmke, the CEO of GitHub, will join us for a fireside chat on this year’s SaaS Stage at TechCrunch Disrupt 2023 on September 19-21 in San Francisco.  Hear GitHub CEO Thomas Dohmke at TechCrunch Disrupt 2023 Acquired by Microsoft in 2018 for $7.5 billion, GitHub — now with 100 million active users — is the de facto hosting platform for millions of open source and proprietary software projects. It lets developers collaborate around shared codebases from anywhere. Two years ago, the company debuted its AI-powered programming assistant, Copilot, a service that provides suggestions for whole lines of code inside popular development environments like Visual Studio Code. As Copilot’s and AI capabilities …

GitHub’s Copilot goes beyond code completion, adds a chat mode and more

GitHub’s Copilot goes beyond code completion, adds a chat mode and more

GitHub is announcing its Copilot X initiative today, an extension of its work on its popular Copilot code completion tool, which originally launched into preview all the way back in 2021. With this, the Microsoft-owned company is launching a code-centric chat mode for Copilot that helps developers write and debug their code, as well as Copilot for pull requests, AI-generated answers about documentation and more. Unsurprisingly, these new features are powered by OpenAI’s GPT-4, though it’s worth noting that, mostly for latency reasons, the code completion tool remains on GitHub’s Codex model, which it derived from GPT-3. “With the new model coming online, we asked ourselves: what’s the next step? What’s the next step for Copilot? We believe that for auto completion, we nailed that scenario,” GitHub CEO Thomas Dohmke told me. Image Credits: GitHub The natural next step for GitHub — and this doesn’t come as a huge surprise — is to add chat to the developer experience. Launching in preview today, Copilot Chat will be available in Visual Studio and VS Code, with …

GitHub’s Copilot for Business is now generally available

GitHub’s Copilot for Business is now generally available

GitHub today announced that Copilot for Business, the company’s $19/month enterprise version of its AI-powered code completion tool, is now generally available, after a short beta phase that started last December. Copilot for Business adds features like license management, organization-wide policy management and additional privacy features. Until now, you had to work with GitHub’s sales organization to sign up for the business version, but now there is a self-serve option as well. “[This] effectively completes our v1 Copilot story,” GitHub CEO Thomas Dohmke told me. “We announced the preview in June 2021 — which feels like ages ago — and then had the general availability last summer. Now we are ready to roll it out to organizations, companies, teams, enterprises — really everybody. In fact, we already have more than 400 organizations that are on Copilot for Business at launch and we see tremendous interest.” Image Credits: GitHub GitHub also today announced that Copilot now supports connections over proxy, including those with self-signed certificates, and that its AI-powered Copilot code completion tool is now powered by an improved (OpenAI-powered) model. The …

Code-generating platform Magic challenges GitHub’s Copilot with M in VC backing

Code-generating platform Magic challenges GitHub’s Copilot with $23M in VC backing

Magic, a startup developing a code-generating platform similar to GitHub’s Copilot, today announced that it raised $23 million in a Series A funding round led by Alphabet’s CapitalG with participation from Elad Gil, Nat Friedman and Amplify Partners. So what’s its story? Magic’s CEO and co-founder, Eric Steinberger, says that he was inspired by the potential of AI at a young age. In high school, he and his friends wired up the school’s computers for machine learning algorithm training, an experience that planted the seeds for Steinberger’s computer science degree and his job at Meta as an AI researcher. “I spent years exploring potential paths to artificial general intelligence, and then large language models (LLMs) were invented,” Steinberger told TechCrunch in an email interview. “I realized that combining LLMs trained on code with my research on neural memory and reinforcement learning might allow us to build an AI software engineer that feels like a true colleague, not just a tool. This would be extraordinarily useful for companies and developers.” Steinberger teamed up with Sebastian De …