The GitHub Copilot for Business Programming Assistant has gone public after several months of beta testing and is offered as a subscription for $19 per person per month. Now organizations will also be able to involve artificial intelligence in writing programs. The service will not yet be able to completely replace a programmer, but, according to Github, in some projects of its clients, the neural network already generates about 40% of all code.
Copilot for Business Goes Public
Microsoft’s IT project host GitHub has opened access to the Copilot programmer assistant to all business representatives. You can start using Copilot for Business, which makes it easier to write code, by signing up for a subscription that costs $19 per month per user.
From December 2022 to February 14, 2023, Copilot for Business was in beta testing. Individual companies had the opportunity to evaluate the service before it becomes available to a wide range of users, says CNews.
According to research conducted by GitHub, Copilot allows you to write programs up to 55% faster. In a number of projects, the tool accounted for about 40% of the total code volume. In total, according to GitHub specialists, Copilot has implemented more than 400 organizations around the world in workflows.
What’s New in Copilot
Along with the announcement of the general availability of Copilot for Business, developers have added a number of innovations and improvements to the tool.
The underlying Codex model of Copilot has received an update, so users should expect improvements in the speed of the assistant and the overall quality of its tooltips.
As part of the improvement of the service, its developers introduced a new paradigm, which Copilot now adheres to. It was called Fill-in-the-Middle (FIM) and following it allows the system to better “understand” the context and offer the programmer not only options for completing a line of code, but also the ability to add code to its middle.
Copilot also got an artificial intelligence-based dangerous code filtering system, notes NIXsolutions. The system, as the developers assure, before issuing a hint to the user, analyzes the code that makes it up for patterns that can lead to common types of vulnerabilities. This, in particular, can be hardcoded credentials and constructs that allow SQL injection.
Finally, the developers announced that from now on, even organizations that do not use the GitHub platform will be able to access Copilot services.