Microsoft Outlook’s new “sound like me” feature sounds exciting, yet scary

September 21, 2023

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Imagine writing an email to someone, and later finding out that their reply was actually written by an AI. You might not even notice, because the AI was able to perfectly match the person’s texting language and habits — this is what Microsoft Outlook’s new “sound like me” feature is.

Announced during the Surface annual event today, Microsoft said that its Copilot AI assistant tool can “personalize any email to match your unique style and tone of voice.”

“The more you work with Copilot, just like you would a colleague, the more natural it becomes,” says Microsoft 365’s general manager, Colette Stallbaumer, during the presentation.

This feature is both exciting and scary. On the one hand, it could save users a lot of time and effort by automating the process of writing and personalizing emails.

On the other hand, it raises concerns about privacy and the potential for AI to be used to impersonate people.

Besides this, the Redmond-based tech giant also announced that a big chunk of updates are coming to Windows 11. Billed as the 23H2 update, the “best Windows ever” will bring over 150 features to the table on September 26th, including a new Outlook, Windows Hello, Copilot, and more.

Copilot in Windows is rolling out on September 26th.

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