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A Quick Introduction to Microsoft 365 Copilot

22nd March 2024
The world is driven by innovation in all areas of our lives. Yet, in the modern workplace, our ability to innovate to a high level is often stopped in its tracks by the mundane stuff that drains our time, our creativity, and energy. But, the times are about to change, with the recent launch of Microsoft 365 Copilot, a next-generation AI system powered by LLMs (large language models) that promises to redefine the way we work, and give us back the lost time. **Bold**

What is Microsoft 365 Copilot?

You might have already heard about Copilot, Microsoft’s AI ‘companion’, designed to help you with all sorts of day to day tasks, such as answering simple or complex questions, summarizing content, writing code or creating images etc.

Based on the same technology as ChatGPT, Copilot has changed the way many of us work by introducing a human-like chat experience to Windows 11, with the goal of boosting productivity, creativity, and understanding.

And now, Copilot can be integrated into Microsoft 365 (at an annual upfront cost of around £275) to provide real-time intelligent assistance across all of your favourite Microsoft 365 apps, including Word, Excel, Outlook, Teams, PowerPoint and more.

Features To Expect With The Microsoft 365 Copilot Integration

Here are just some of the features you can expect and benefit from when using Microsoft 365 Copilot:

In Word

You’ll now be able to draft content, generate summaries, ask questions about your documents, transform your text into a table, and get ideas about certain topics.

You’ll also be able to get Copilot to rewrite your content from your initial ideas, including making the adjustments in tone, depending on where you’re going to be using the content.

In Excel

Among many other things, Copilot in Excel will generate formula column suggestions, highlight interesting data, provide suggestions and insights for spreadsheets, analyze data, and perform complex calculations.

In Teams

Microsoft 365 Copilot is going to be a dream if you regularly use Teams, helping you -

  • Catch up on what you missed.

  • Ask smart questions.

  • Get insights during a meeting or chat.

  • Find and use information from a variety of sources, including the web, your emails, documents, or your calendar.

  • Summarize key points.

This is just the beginning…

This is what Chairman and CEO of Microsoft, Satya Nadell says regarding the Copilot integration into Microsoft 365 -

“Today marks the next major step in the evolution of how we interact with computing, which will fundamentally change the way we work and unlock a new wave of productivity growth. With our new copilot for work, we’re giving people more agency and making technology more accessible through the most universal interface — natural language.”

And it’s not just an individual thing…

Copilot has been created to provide a superior ‘knowledge model’ throughout organisations. It does this by working across all business data and apps, creating a refined workflow to help everyone save time, and increase productivity.

And, if employees within your organisation have previously struggled to get to grips with the Microsoft 365 suite, they’ll now have Copilot by their side, simplifying processes using natural (humanlike) language commands.

A Commitment To Responsibility

When you look at Copilots design, Microsoft’s commitment to responsible AI is obvious. With a heavy focus on security, compliance, and privacy, all users will get a consistent experience, and be able to work with complete confidence.

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