According to The Verge, “Microsoft is adding AI-generated art to its suite of Office software with a new app named Microsoft Designer. The app functions the same way as AI text-to-image models like DALL-E and Stable Diffusion, letting users type prompts to ‘instantly generate a variety of designs with minimal effort.’ Microsoft says Designer can be used to create everything from greeting cards and social media posts to illustrations for PowerPoint presentations and logos for businesses. Essentially, AI-generated imagery looks set to become the new clip art.”

For those of you who are not paying attention to generative AI models, this should be a wake-up call. MS adding the tech to Office is about as mainstream as mainstream gets. This is now such a common technology – and it works so reliably – that it can be a menu choice in a Word doc.

Imagine what’s next.

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About Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer is the Professor of Advanced Media in Residence at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and CEO of The Palmer Group, a consulting practice that helps Fortune 500 companies with technology, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn’s “Top Voice in Technology,” he covers tech and business for Good Day New York, is a regular commentator on CNN and writes a popular daily business blog. He's a bestselling author, and the creator of the popular, free online course, Generative AI for Execs. Follow @shellypalmer or visit



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