Microsoft-owned GitHub is rolling out its AI-powered coding chatbot to more people. The company launched its Copilot Chat tool in public beta for enterprise users in July, and on Wednesday GitHub announced that it is available in public beta. for individual GitHub Copilot users in Visual Studio and Visual Studio Code.
Copilot Chat allows users to talk to an AI assistant for help while writing code. “Now, both developer teams and individuals can use GitHub Copilot Chat to learn new languages or frameworks, fix bugs, or get answers to coding questions in simple, natural language output, all without leaving the IDE.” GitHub wrote in a blog post.
If you’re not yet a subscriber and want to try the feature, GitHub’s Copilot tier for individual users costs $10 per month or $100 per year.
Coding assistance has been a popular application for AI chatbots. Google launched an AI coding bot for Android developers in May at Google I/O, for example, and Amazon offers its own tool called CodeWhisperer.