If you are looking for a way to boost your productivity, creativity, and skills at work, you might want to check out Microsoft 365 Copilot. This is a new feature that Microsoft introduced in March 2023, which combines the power of large language models (LLMs) with your data in the Microsoft Graph and the Microsoft 365 apps. In this article, we will explain what Microsoft 365 Copilot is, how it works, and how it can help you work smarter and faster.
Microsoft 365 Copilot is your copilot for work. It is a feature that works alongside you, embedded in the Microsoft 365 apps you use every day, such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Teams, and more. It uses natural language processing (NLP) to understand your intent and context, and then generates suggestions, content, summaries, and more based on your data and preferences. You can give it natural language prompts like “create a presentation based on this document” or “summarise this email thread” and it will do the work for you.
Microsoft 365 Copilot also works across all your data and apps in a new experience called Business Chat. Business Chat is a chat-based interface that lets you interact with Copilot using natural language. You can ask it questions like “what are the key takeaways from the last meeting?” or “how is the project progress?” and it will generate answers based on your calendar, emails, chats, documents, meetings, and contacts. You can also ask it to do tasks like “send a follow-up email to the client” or “schedule a meeting with the team” and it will do it for you.
Microsoft 365 Copilot works by leveraging the power of large language models (LLMs), which are AI systems that can generate natural language based on massive amounts of data. Microsoft has developed its own LLM called Turing-NLG, which is one of the largest and most advanced LLMs in the world. Turing-NLG can generate coherent and fluent text on any topic, given a few words or sentences as input.
Microsoft 365 Copilot also uses your data in the Microsoft Graph, which is a network of information that connects your Microsoft 365 apps and services. The Microsoft Graph contains your personal and organisational data, such as your calendar events, emails, chats, documents, meetings, contacts, and more. It also contains insights derived from your data, such as your relationships with people, your interests, your preferences, and your habits.
By combining Turing-NLG with the Microsoft Graph, Microsoft 365 Copilot can generate personalised and relevant content and suggestions for you. It can also learn from your feedback and behaviour to improve over time. For example, if you reject a suggestion from Copilot or edit its output, it will learn from that and adjust its future suggestions accordingly.
Microsoft 365 Copilot can help you work smarter and faster in many ways. Here are some examples of how it can help you:
Microsoft 365 Copilot is currently available as an invitation-only paid preview for selected customers worldwide.
If you are already part of the Early Access Program, you can start using Microsoft 365 Copilot by opening any of the supported apps (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Teams , etc.) and clicking on the Copilot icon in the ribbon. You will see a sidebar where you can type in your prompts or commands for Copilot. You can also access Business Chat by clicking on the chat icon in the sidebar.
Microsoft 365 Copilot is a new way to work smarter and faster with AI. It is designed to be your copilot for work, helping you unleash creativity, unlock productivity, and uplevel skills.