A: Microsoft Copilot is an artificial intelligence (AI) assistant introduced by Microsoft on March 16, 2023. It is designed to enhance productivity and collaboration in the workplace by leveraging the advanced capabilities of OpenAI’s technology in your web browser and Office applications. It is integrated into Microsoft 365 applications and services, the Microsoft Edge web browser, and Windows 11. Microsoft Copilot offers a range of features and capabilities that aim to assist users in their daily work tasks. Some notable aspects include:
- Collaboration. Copilot helps you collaborate more effectively with your colleagues. It works seamlessly with Microsoft 365 Chat, a new AI assistant, enabling you to communicate, share files, and work together effortlessly. For example, if you are drafting a document in Word, Copilot can understand the context and content of your document and provides intelligent suggestions, helping you write more effectively.
- Enhanced Productivity. With Copilot, you can automate repetitive tasks, such as document review, contract analysis, and legal research. Copilot can assist in comparing legal documents, such as contracts or versions of statutes, to identify differences, similarities, or changes between them. This can be helpful for contract review, tracking amendments, or analyzing legal revisions. This allows you to focus on more complex and strategic aspects of your work, boosting your overall productivity.
- Natural Language Processing. Copilot utilizes advanced natural language processing capabilities to understand and interpret your queries and requests. It can provide relevant information, answer questions, and offer intelligent insights based on the context of your work.
Microsoft 365 Copilot was announced to be generally available for enterprise customers on November 1, 2023, which is a deceptive way of saying it is generally available but not to everyone. Hopefully, it will be available to those of us with fewer than 300 users in the very near future. It is part of the Microsoft 365 suite of tools and services, which requires a subscription. As proprietary software developed by Microsoft, Copilot is subject to the terms and conditions of the Microsoft 365 license agreement.
Microsoft Copilot is an exciting addition to the world of AI assistants, specifically tailored for the workplace. With its intelligent features and seamless integration with Microsoft 365 applications, Copilot aims to enhance collaboration, boost productivity, and provide valuable assistance to users in their daily work tasks. Whether it’s writing, editing, summarizing, or automating repetitive tasks, Copilot is designed to be your reliable AI companion for work, helping you achieve more with less effort.