Microsoft 365 Copilot: a powerful AI assistant for productivity

Mar 22, 2023

Microsoft recently announced the release of Microsoft 365 Copilot, an artificial intelligence assistant feature for its productivity suite of programs such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. With the assistance of this powerful technology, your words can become the most effective productivity tool in the world by combining the strength of large language models (LLMs) with the data in the Microsoft Graph, including your calendar, emails, chats, documents, meetings, and more.

One of the fascinating features of Microsoft 365 Copilot is its ability to work alongside with you in the Microsoft 365 apps. It can write, edit, summarize, and create stuff for you. With only a brief description, Copilot in Word can make a first draft, bringing in information from across your organization as needed. To make a document more concise, it can add materials, summarize text, or rewrite sections.

Another notable capability is tones suggestion, from formal to passionate and informal to appreciative, to help you strike an appropriate note. Copilot can also assist you in writing better by making recommendations that bolster your arguments or fix inconsistencies.

Microsoft 365 Copilot in Word

In addition to its features for Word, Microsoft 365 Copilot also works with other apps such as Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Teams. Listed below are some examples of how you could use Microsoft 365 Copilot. Its capabilities extend across multiple apps, and its ability to work together with you in natural language makes it a powerful tool for productivity: 

In Excel

Unlock insights to identify trends or create professional-looking data visualizations. For example, you could say: “Analyze this quarter’s results and summarize three key trends,” and Copilot will generate a chart for you.

Microsoft 365 Copilot in Excel

In PowerPoint

Turn your ideas into a designed presentation through natural language commands. For example, you could say: “Create a presentation based on (file),” and Copilot will generate slides for you.

Microsoft 365 Copilot in PowerPoint

In Outlook

Synthesize and manage your inbox to allow more time to be spent on communicating. Moreover, it can help with scheduling meetings and managing your calendar.

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Microsoft 365 Copilot in Outlook

In Teams

Help with collaboration by providing information on an upcoming meeting, preparing people with updates on related projects, and organizational changes, like recent hires, and even updates on co-workers who might have returned from vacation.

Microsoft 365 Copilot in Teams

In conclusion, Microsoft 365 Copilot is a powerful artificial intelligence assistant feature for Microsoft 365 applications and services words, becoming an effective productivity tool thanks to the combination of the strength of large language models and your data in the Microsoft Graph. With its ability to work alongside you in the Microsoft 365 apps you use daily, Copilot can help unleash creativity and unlock productivity and uplevel skills. 

Microsoft 365 Copilot was announced on March 16, 2023, and is currently available to a small number of enterprises and individuals for testing purposes. Unfortunately, there is no confirmed release date for Copilot yet. 

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