GitHub Copilot Enterprise in General Release at $39 Monthly

GitHub Copilot Enterprise is being released for general availability for $39 per month. Calling the tool GitHub’s “most advanced AI offering to date,” the company says it can be customized to an organization’s knowledge and codebase, placing “the institutional knowledge of your organization at your developers’ fingertips.” Infusing GitHub Copilot Enterprise throughout a company’s software development lifecycle lets team members “ask questions about public and private code, get up to speed quickly with new codebases and build greater consistencies across engineering teams” while ensuring everyone access to the same standard codebase.

“GitHub Copilot Enterprise is an AI assistant that can generate code suggestions, answer queries, and summarize changes based on the organization’s own codebase and standards,” summarizes VentureBeat, noting that “experts say the new offering signals a seismic shift in how software engineering teams will operate in the near future, essentially putting an AI programmer at every developer’s side.”

“We’re moving away from a digital transformation to an AI transformation for a lot of these enterprise companies,” GitHub Product VP Mario Rodriguez told VentureBeat, adding that “it might even become a productivity polarity between those who use it and those who don’t.”

While Copilot Enterprise “includes all of the features of the existing Business plan,” including GitHub parent Microsoft’s indemnity guarantee against AI infringement of intellectual property, it expands the offerings by adding “a number of crucial features for larger teams,” including the aforementioned ability “to reference an organization’s internal code and knowledge base,” according to TechCrunch.

In addition to coding and engineering questions, that institutional knowledge includes things like vacation policies and benefits, GitHub CEO Thomas Dohmke told TechCrunch, which emphasizes that access to general information in no way impedes the platform’s ability to assist with advanced coding or general technology questions.

For example, asking “How do you deploy a container image to the cloud?” will produce an answer specific to the process in that organization. “For a lot of developers, after all, it’s not necessarily understanding the codebase that is a roadblock to being productive when moving companies but understanding the different processes,” TechCrunch writes.

“Copilot is now also integrated with Microsoft’s Bing search engine (currently in beta) and soon, users will also be able to fine-tune Copilot’s models based on a team’s existing codebase,” TechCrunch adds.

More details are available in GitHub’s blog post.

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