Microsoft introduces TypeChat: empowering apps to communicate in natural language with users

Devesh Beri

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On GitHub, Microsoft has unveiled a new tool called TypeChat to bridge the gap between apps and natural language communication. We all love how chat assistants can understand what we say, but now Microsoft wants to make it possible for other apps to do the same!

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Do you know those big language models that have been making headlines lately? They’re like super-smart AI systems that can understand human language. TypeChat is like a special library that helps apps use these language models better.

Imagine you’re talking to a chatbot, and you ask it to order a blueberry muffin and a grande latte. Instead of just giving you a plain text response, TypeChat helps the chatbot reply in a structured format, like a neat list in JSON (JavaScript Object Notation). The app can easily understand the order and work with the information.

But how does TypeChat make sure the responses are accurate and trustworthy? That’s where TypeScript types come in. They act like a set of rules or instructions for the language model. With these types, the app can tell the AI exactly how it should respond. So, when you ask for a muffin and a latte, the chatbot knows to reply with the correct details, like the number of items and their names.

TypeChat is not just limited to one specific AI model; it’s designed to work with different ones. Microsoft has made it open-source, meaning it’s a gift to all developers. They can use TypeChat to make their apps communicate with users more human-like and user-friendly.