In a groundbreaking announcement, GitHub, the world’s leading platform for software development, has unveiled its vision for the future of AI-powered software development, GitHub Copilot X. This exciting new iteration of GitHub Copilot builds on the success of the company’s first large-scale generative AI development tool created in partnership with OpenAI, which already writes 46% of code and boosts developer productivity by up to 55%.
GitHub Copilot X takes the AI-powered auto-completion capabilities of its predecessor to new heights, extending AI assistance throughout the entire development lifecycle. With this release, GitHub has not only adopted OpenAI’s new GPT-4 model but also introduced chat and voice functionality for Copilot, making it available for pull requests, the command line, and documentation.
The integration of a ChatGPT-like experience in the editor brings a chat interface focused on developer scenarios, natively integrating with VS Code and Visual Studio. This feature, called GitHub Copilot Chat, provides in-depth analysis, explanations of code blocks, unit test generation, and even suggests bug fixes. It builds upon the work done by OpenAI and Microsoft with ChatGPT and the new Bing, and will also work seamlessly with GitHub Copilot Voice, enabling developers to give natural language prompts verbally.
In addition to these enhancements, GitHub Copilot X now offers AI-generated descriptions for pull requests as part of a technical preview. This new functionality, powered by OpenAI’s GPT-4 model, allows organization admins and individual repository owners to install a GitHub app that generates AI-powered tags in pull request descriptions based on the changed code.
GitHub’s ambitious vision for the future of software development aims to redefine developer productivity by reducing boilerplate code and manual tasks, and simplifying complex work across the development lifecycle. By leveraging the power of AI and the latest advancements in natural language processing, GitHub Copilot X enables developers to focus on the big picture, fostering innovation and accelerating human progress.
With GitHub Copilot X, the company continues its mission to innovate ahead of the curve and provide developers with the tools they need to be happier and more productive in a world driven by software. As AI continues to reshape the software development landscape, GitHub Copilot X marks a significant milestone in the evolution of AI-powered software development tools, setting the stage for a new era of creativity and efficiency.