What is Microsoft Copilot?

The introduction of Microsoft 365 Copilot represents a watershed moment in workplace productivity. This groundbreaking tool, which harnesses the power of advanced artificial intelligence (think ChatGPT - but on steroids), is set to redefine the way businesses operate, offering unprecedented levels of assistance in daily tasks and decision-making processes. Having being released to limited users in August 2023 the tool will now become available to the general public on 1 February 2024, at a price of course as no free trial is available. Licences need to be purchased annually upfront starting at $540 + GST, per user and it takes 1 billable hour of our time to set up Copilot in your tenancy to ensure its integration into your Microsoft 365 apps and services including Transcription for Teams.

Can you imagine a workplace where the mundane and time-consuming tasks are handled seamlessly by an intelligent digital assistant, where insights and analytics are just a query away, and where the creation of compelling presentations and documents is not just faster, but also smarter?  This is the reality that Microsoft 365 Copilot brings to the table, integrating itself into the Microsoft 365 suite, a staple in the business world.

Incorporating large language models and organizational data, Copilot doesn't just improve existing workflows; it introduces a completely new paradigm of working. By embedding itself into familiar tools like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook, it provides an intuitive and natural extension to the user experience, enhancing productivity without disrupting the established processes. Whether it's drafting emails, analysing data, creating presentations, or managing schedules, Copilot stands ready to transform these tasks from burdens into opportunities for innovation and strategic thinking.

Key Features of Microsoft Copilot 

  1. Copilot in Word: Automates drafting, editing, and summarising, enabling users to generate comprehensive documents with brief prompts. It can incorporate information from organisational databases, offering suggestions for tone adjustments and content improvements.
  2. Copilot in Excel: Transforms data analysis by allowing natural language queries. It suggests new formulas, identifies trends, and creates visualisations, facilitating a deeper exploration of data without altering it.
  3. Copilot in PowerPoint: Assists in converting ideas or documents into visually appealing presentations. It streamlines the process of layout adjustments, text reformatting, and animation timing, enhancing the storytelling aspect of presentations.
  4. Copilot in Outlook: Optimises email management by summarizing complex threads and crafting professional responses from brief notes. It offers flexibility in adjusting tone and length for more effective communication.
  5. Copilot in Teams: Enhances meeting productivity with real-time summaries and action items, ensuring effective collaboration and clarity in team discussions.

Benefits for Businesses

  1. Boosted Productivity: Microsoft 365 Copilot significantly reduces the time spent on routine tasks, allowing employees to concentrate on more strategic and creative work. This increase in productivity is evident in various applications, from drafting documents to analysing data sets.
  2. Enhanced Creativity: By automating mundane aspects of work, Copilot enables workers to unleash their creativity. In PowerPoint, for instance, it assists in transforming basic ideas into engaging presentations, thereby fostering a more creative approach to storytelling.
  3. Improved Decision Making: In Excel, Copilot's ability to analyse data and identify trends equips businesses with actionable insights, leading to more informed decision-making processes.
  4. Streamlined Communication: With Copilot in Outlook, the tool's capacity to manage complex email threads facilitates clearer and more effective communication.
  5. Efficient Collaboration: Copilot in Teams transforms the way meetings are conducted by providing real-time summaries and highlighting action items, thus ensuring that team collaborations are more focused and productive.

Copilot promises to reshape the landscape of workplace productivity. As businesses continue to explore and adapt to this new tool, the potential for transformation in work practices is immense, making Microsoft 365 Copilot a pivotal development in the realm of business technology.

Stay tuned for more on Microsoft Copilot for Microsoft 365 in our blogs, as we focus on the best ways to harness the power of Copilot but using the right prompts to improve its functionality.