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Microsoft just announced the launch of its latest AI-powered innovation, the Microsoft 365 Copilot, at its “Future of Work” event. This groundbreaking technology has been designed to help reduce workplace drudgery by providing users with an AI assistant that can create content in Office apps using simple text requests.
The Microsoft 365 Copilot is capable of creating complex documents with ease, including presentations, proposals, and reports. It can even apply styles and animations across all slides in a PowerPoint presentation, making it an incredibly powerful tool for busy professionals.
In addition to its document creation capabilities, the Microsoft 365 Copilot can also perform a range of other tasks across various Office apps. For instance, it can analyze data and predict the impact of variable changes in Excel, summarize emails or draft responses in Outlook, and recap meetings or weigh the pros and cons of a discussion topic in Teams.
One of the most impressive features of the Microsoft 365 Copilot is its ability to integrate multiple apps through a new Business Chat tool. This tool is designed to deal with project developments, customer incidents, and planning by pulling in relevant information from across different apps.
The technology behind the Microsoft 365 Copilot is powered by OpenAI’s GPT-4 model, which is also responsible for the upgraded Bing search. This model is more factual, higher in performance, and less likely to venture outside accepted boundaries than its predecessor, the GPT-3.5, which currently powers ChatGPT.
Microsoft has already begun testing the Microsoft 365 Copilot with 20 business customers and plans to expand access in the “coming months.” The company has also promised to share details of IT administrator controls to help deploy the technology, with pricing and other details set to be released in due course.
This announcement comes just days after Google announced that it would be bringing generative AI to Gmail and Workspace apps like Docs and Slides. However, Microsoft’s Microsoft 365 Copilot appears to offer a more comprehensive range of features, making it a serious contender in the race to integrate AI into productivity tools.