GitHub’s Copilot Chat AI Tool Enters Public Beta

GitHub’s Copilot Chat AI Tool Enters Public Beta

News by Nikola DjuricNikola Djuric
Published: July 21, 2023

Microsoft’s GitHub announced its first step in bringing GitHub Copilot X to enterprises with a limited public beta release of GitHub Copilot Chat for all business users on Visual Studio and VS Code.

This AI-powered feature turns GitHub Copilot into a context-aware conversational assistant right in the integrated development environment, allowing developers to execute complex tasks with simple prompts.  

“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,” GitHub claimed in a blog post.

GitHub Copilot Chat has the capability to understand the context of the code a developer is working on and recognize the error messages being displayed. Therefore, developers can ask questions, get explanations, and offer prompts for code next to code suggestions.

Copilot Chat’s key features include:

  • Personalized assistance by providing context-specific support to developers 
  • Suggestions for best practices, tips, and solutions tailored to specific coding challenges in real time 
  • Solutions to address security issues, effectively reducing the vulnerabilities detected during security examinations 
  • Code analysis – it can break down complex concepts and explain code snippets 
  • Simple troubleshooting – it can identify issues, offers suggestions, explanations, and alternative approaches 

The AI chatbot companion was announced in March as the cornerstone of GitHub’s Copilot X initiative, an expansion of its original Copilot code completion tool that integrated with OpenAI’s GPT-4 model. 

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