Watch out, Canva! Microsoft just revealed a new graphic design app called Designer, which uses OpenAI’s DALL-E 2 to power it with tex-to-image generation tech. Microsoft will soon allow you to access its Canva-like web app for free if you get on the waitlist. The tool will enable users to input a textual description of the image they want, prompting the AI to generate examples they can add to their design.

  • In a press release, Microsoft said Designer will enable its users “to start with an idea and let the AI do the heavy lifting.”
  • Users will be able to create anything from digital postcards and invitations to social media posts via Designer.
  • Currently, the technology only works in PowerPoint to recommend designs, but the company will soon release it in a standalone Microsoft 365 app.
  • Microsoft plans to roll out a beta version in the U.S. first. It will later add a version with more features to Microsoft 365 subscriptions while offering a standalone app with limited options to non-subscribers.
  • The tech giant also plans to incorporate DALL-E 2 into its Edge web browser (in Image Creator) and Bing search engine (

Zoom In: Microsoft invested $1B in AI research firm OpenAI in 2019, getting an exclusive license to use OpenAI’s GPT-3 text-generating AI.

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