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  • Writer's pictureSarah Ruivivar

GitHub's Copilot Chat Now Open to All Users

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GitHub's Copilot Chat, a programming-centric chatbot similar to ChatGPT, is now generally available for all users.

Initially rolled out for organisations subscribed to Copilot for Business and later for individual Copilot customers, the chatbot is now accessible to everyone.

Copilot Chat is integrated into the sidebar of Microsoft's IDEs, Visual Studio Code and Visual Studio. It's included in GitHub Copilot's paid tiers and is free for verified teachers, students, and maintainers of certain open-source projects.

Developers can use natural language to prompt Copilot Chat, getting real-time guidance on various tasks. Need to explain concepts, detect vulnerabilities, or write unit tests? Copilot Chat has got you covered. It's powered by GPT-4, OpenAI's flagship generative AI model, fine-tuned specifically for dev scenarios.

However, it's not all smooth sailing. Generative AI models, including GPT-4, can sometimes "hallucinate," or confidently make up facts. This can be problematic in the coding realm, as it can introduce buggy or deprecated code snippets. GitHub's response? Close human review of any AI-suggested code is essential.

Despite these challenges, GitHub remains committed to empowering developers with AI tools. As GitHub battles to make Copilot profitable, it faces competition from Amazon's CodeWhisperer and startups like Magic, Tabnine, Codegen, and Laredo, as well as open-source models like Meta's Code Llama and Hugging Face's and ServiceNow's StarCoder.

Stay tuned for more updates in this exciting space of AI-powered developer tools!

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