Microsoft Introduces Copilot AI Powered Office Documents
We are hearing a lot about Artificial Intelligence and many people are looking for practical ways that AI could relevant and useful to them.
The major software vendors are falling over themselves to integrate AI into their products and Microsoft is in the mix. They have recently announced Copilot, an AI powered addon for Microsoft Office 365. Designed to integrate into Microsoft 365, Copilot adds AI functionality to its core apps.
User will shortly see Copilot appearing across the various 365 apps. So what can Co-pilot do for the user?
Copilot in Word writes, edits, summarizes, and creates right alongside you. With only a brief prompt, Copilot in Word will create a first draft for you, bringing in information from across your organization as needed. Copilot can add content to existing documents, summarize text, and rewrite sections or the entire document to make it more concise.
You can even get suggested tones—from professional to passionate and casual to thankful. Copilot can also help you improve your writing with suggestions that strengthen your arguments or smooth inconsistencies.
Copilot in Excel works alongside you to help analyse and explore your data. Ask Copilot questions about your data set in natural language, not just formulas.
It will reveal correlations, propose what-if scenarios, and suggest new formulas based on your questions—generating models based on your questions that help you explore your data without modifying it. Identify trends, create powerful visualizations, or ask for recommendations to drive different outcomes.
Copilot in PowerPoint helps you turn your ideas into stunning presentations. As your storytelling partner, Copilot can transform existing written documents into decks complete with speaker notes and sources or start a new presentation from a simple prompt or outline. Condense lengthy presentations at the click of a button and use natural language commands to adjust layouts, reformat text, and perfectly time animations.
Copilot in Outlook works with you in your inbox and messages so that you can spend less time on email triage and more time on communicating—better, faster, and more easily. Summarize lengthy, convoluted email threads with multiple people to understand not only what has been said, but the different viewpoints of each person and the open questions that have yet to be answered. Respond to an existing email with a simple prompt or turn quick notes into professional messages—pulling from other emails or content that you already have access to from across Microsoft 365.
Copilot in Teams takes the work out of working together. Copilot helps you run more effective meetings, get up to speed on the conversation, organize key discussion points, and summarize key actions so that the entire group knows what to do next.
In your chat, Copilot gets you answers to specific questions or catches you up on anything you’ve missed, all without interrupting the flow of discussion. By adding Copilot to your meetings and conversations, you now also have a powerful tool to help with common tasks such as creating meeting agendas based on chat history, identifying the right people for follow-ups, and scheduling the next check-in.
Is your business ready to take advantage of Microsoft Copilot? Ask Chris for a license check to see if your current Microsoft 365 version will include Copilot when it is released by Microsoft.