Microsoft has just announced a new AI-powered Copilot for its Microsoft 365 apps and services. This Copilot is designed to assist people with generating documents, emails, presentations, and much more. Powered by GPT-4 from OpenAI, the Copilot will sit alongside Microsoft 365 apps much like an assistant, appearing in the sidebar as a chatbot that allows Office users to summon it to generate text in documents, create PowerPoint presentations based on Word documents, or even help use features like PivotTables in Excel.
Microsoft 365 currently has around 400 million paid users, and now all of them will have access to generative AI in their daily workflows. This is a game-changer for the enterprise, as context has been a huge blocker for enterprises to use AI tools. Now they have one system that can customize everything to each business.
The Copilot works alongside users, embedded in the apps millions of people use every day, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Teams, and more. Copilot is a whole new way of working that enables users to generate documents based on existing documents. For example, in Word, you can type in a prompt like “Generate a product announcement” and link to an existing product spec elsewhere. The Copilot will read in that document and then generate the new product announcement with perfect context.
In addition, the Copilot can create a PowerPoint presentation, complete with styling and pictures. Users just need to type in whatever they’d like, such as the number of slides, the styling, and the content, and the new Copilot will create it for them. Furthermore, users can use natural language to analyze data. They no longer need to type in complicated formulas, they just need to ask the Copilot “What were the most profitable products this quarter?” and it will generate the answer for them in Excel.
The Copilot can also automatically capture meeting notes. It sits on Teams and automatically captures transcripts, speaking and summary notes, along with action items and tasks. With these features, users will be able to prepare for meetings by generating bullets for them to focus on in their next meeting.
Google also announced generative AI in their office suite earlier this week. That means virtually every office worker will have access to AI in their most-used tools. This might just accelerate AI adoption more than anything we’ve seen so far!
The Microsoft Copilot is the true beginning of AI at work. With its ability to assist users in generating documents, emails, presentations, and much more, it will revolutionize the way we work. The Copilot will enable users to work more efficiently and productively, and this will ultimately lead to a better work-life balance. The AI-powered Copilot is definitely something that every Microsoft 365 user should be excited about.
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