Microsoft Copilot removes GPT personalization feature


Just three months after its introduction, Microsoft is removing its GPT Builder from Copilot Pro. The feature allows subscribers to create customized versions of GPTs for specific purposes.

Any custom GPTs that users created, along with associated data, will be deleted starting July 10th, Microsoft said in support documentation. The same applies to Copilot Pro subscribers' data collected by the Copilot GPT builder.

GPT Builder could be used for specialized versions of chatbots that save time by reusing a set of AI prompts. For example, a user could create a grocery shopping GPT, which creates a grocery list based on a meal plan, or a software engineer who helps format his code.

No more.

“We are continuing to evaluate our strategy for consumer Copilot extensibility and are prioritizing core product experiences while remaining committed to developer opportunities. To this end, we are shifting our focus on GPTs to Commercial and Enterprise scenarios and are stopping GPT efforts in consumer Copilot,” the Redmond giant said.

Microsoft suggests copying the instructions from created GPTs and saving them elsewhere for reference before the deadline.

Only Copilot Pro subscribers are able to access the GPT builder, the subscription service comes at a cost of $20 per month.

Microsoft’s statement suggests that enterprise users will still be able to use GPT Builder. However, this needs to be clarified.

Ethan Mollic, a Professor at Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, who studies AI, innovation, and startups, was surprised by the quick move.

“I think making them enterprise only is going to cut off an important source of innovation. A lot of the best OpenAI GPTs come from random individuals experimenting with the tools,” Mollick said.

Similar custom GPT bot creation tools are available, even for free, on other platforms, such as poe.com