Microsoft is set to introduce Copilot, a generative AI work assistant, to millions of enterprise customers, heralding a significant shift in how tasks are managed in the workplace.
Chief Information Officers (CIOs) across the country are gearing up for the Microsoft 365 product launch and are actively training their teams to leverage the potential of this innovative tool.
As the Wall Street Journal reports, Copilot may soon become a familiar presence in offices nationwide.
Microsoft 365 Copilot harnesses the power of generative AI to perform a range of tasks that were previously manual and time-consuming.
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Microsoft’s AI Assistant Copilot
This virtual assistant can summarize lengthy emails, draft responses, and even transform Word documents into engaging PowerPoint presentations.
Copilot goes further by representing you in meetings, summarizing discussions, tracking participants, and flagging action items for your attention.
The product is set to roll out to over a million companies in the United States that use Microsoft 365.
If you need help making the most of Copilot, Microsoft has a solution. Microsoft 365 Chat, a chatbot powered by ChatGPT’s generative AI, is available to provide guidance.
This chatbot can seamlessly scan your entire Microsoft suite, collating data and leveraging ChatGPT’s web scraping capabilities to provide the needed information.
For example, if you’ve been out of the office for a week, you can ask Microsoft 365 Chat, “Did anything happen with our client Gizmodo last week?” Copilot will promptly summarize any relevant mentions from your company’s emails, calendars, documents, and presentations.
While Copilot was initially introduced to select users last month, this broader rollout is expected to reach a much more significant portion of Microsoft’s user base.
The integration of ChatGPT into Office products represents a substantial component of Microsoft’s multi-billion-dollar deal with OpenAI, and it is poised to become one of the most widely adopted applications of ChatGPT in everyday professional life.
It’s worth noting that Microsoft Copilot’s extensive capabilities come at a cost. Enterprise customers must pay $30 per user per month to access this innovative AI assistant.
For those with a touch of nostalgia, Microsoft’s new AI assistant is a far cry from Clippy, the personified paperclip and digital assistant that was a staple in Microsoft Office products from 1997 until its discontinuation in 2007.
While Clippy had its enthusiasts, Copilot represents a significant leap forward in integrating AI into the modern workplace, promising to enhance productivity and streamline tasks for businesses and their employees.