Microsoft 365 Copilot: What You Need to Know

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AI technology is continuing to transform the way people live and work, from searching for information to checking code for errors. Now, AI is about to change how you use your favorite Microsoft 365 products, too. 

On March 16, 2023 at itsReinventing Productivity with A.I.event, Microsoft announced Microsoft 365 Copilot, their own take on high-functioning chatbots like OpenAI’s ChatGPT. Microsoft states that the Copilot product “combines the power of large language models (LLMs) with your data in the Microsoft Graph and the Microsoft 365 apps to turn your words into the most powerful productivity tool on the planet.” 

So, what does this mean for the future of Microsoft 365, and what new features can users look forward to with the rollout of the Copilot product? 

What’s Included with Microsoft Copilot?  

From a high level, Microsoft 365 Copilot is an AI chatbot assistant that works alongside your emails, documents, meetings, and more. Let’s take a closer look.  


Copilot can create an initial draft for you based on a prompt, saving you time in writing, sourcing, and editing time. And, with Microsoft Graph in the background, Copilot can incorporate collaborative content from documents across the organization 

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Copilot can work with natural language prompts to give answers without complex formulas. You can ask it to show you different visualizations, projections, and give recommendations, and analyze data in seconds.  


In addition to answering emails, Copilot can pull discussions from email threads and content across all Microsoft 365 applications 


Copilot can set meeting agendas and schedules. If you are unable to attend a meeting, Copilot can follow it and provide a summary of what you missed. The recap will include content shared during the meeting, summarize notes, list the pros and cons of any discussion, provide a list of any action items, and suggest next steps. 


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Copilot can use your PowerPoint outline or a Word document to auto-generate a slide deck as well as condense and arrange lengthy presentations to shorter and more succinct slides.  

Business Chat

This is a new service from Microsoft that taps into your calendar, emails, chats, documents, meetings, and contacts and brings many of the Copilot features found in the individual apps into one place.  

When Will Microsoft Copilot Be Available?  

According to Microsoft, they will be bringing Copilot to all productivity apps, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Teams, Viva, Power Platform, and more in the near future and will share more on pricing and licensing soon.  

Are You Ready to Adopt Microsoft Copilot 

To get the full benefit of Microsoft Copilot, it is best practice to perform a Microsoft 365 assessment prior to adoption to ensure all of your applications and technologies are optimized and security risks are identified. As a Microsoft Gold Partner, our team of cloud experts can position your organization for success with Microsoft Copilot. Get in touch 

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