Copilot is getting ready to take the flight

Emre Çitak
May 11, 2023
Updated • May 11, 2023

In a major technological advancement, Microsoft is bolstering its AI-powered tool, Copilot, with a range of new features. The company is also launching an early access program, allowing select businesses to experience the power of Copilot before it becomes available to the wider public.

With its integration into popular Microsoft 365 apps like Word and Excel, as well as Microsoft Teams, Copilot has the potential to revolutionize how millions of individuals approach their daily work tasks. This article explores the latest developments in Microsoft's Copilot and highlights the benefits it brings to businesses.

Microsoft has introduced the Copilot Early Access Program, offering exclusive usage rights to 600 enterprise customers as a prelude to the public release. However, this program is by invitation only and requires a financial commitment. If businesses haven't secured a spot among the select 600, they will have to patiently await the wider release of Copilot.

Expanding the Copilot access

While the exact investment made by participating businesses has not been disclosed, their eagerness to be part of this program indicates the immense potential Copilot holds for enhancing productivity and efficiency. Powered by OpenAI's state-of-the-art language model, GPT-4, Microsoft has yet to announce the precise date when Copilot will be available to the hundreds of millions of people using Microsoft 365 programs and Microsoft Teams.

Microsoft Copilot new features
Microsoft Copilot is powered by OpenAI's GPT-4 - Image courtesy of Microsoft

However, recent endeavors such as the Loop project management platform and AI integration in Microsoft Teams demonstrate the company's commitment to advancing AI technology.

Microsoft Copilot's new features will amaze everyone

Alongside the introduction of the Copilot Early Access Program, Microsoft has unveiled several features that enhance the capabilities of Copilot. One notable addition is Copilot in Whiteboard, designed to facilitate more effective brainstorming and group ideation sessions.

By employing natural language input, users can prompt Copilot to generate ideas, organize them into themes, create engaging designs, and provide concise summaries of Whiteboard content. This integration transforms Copilot into a valuable creative companion.

Furthermore, Copilot aims to support individuals who frequently compose a significant volume of emails. Leveraging its AI capabilities, Copilot will offer coaching tips and suggestions within Outlook, enabling users to enhance the clarity, sentiment, and tone of their emails, ultimately facilitating more effective and confident communication.

Microsoft Copilot new features
Microsoft Copilot will bring extended features to Office365 apps - Image courtesy of Microsoft

To improve search efficiency, Microsoft has developed a "semantic index" for Copilot. This feature empowers the generative AI tool to perform more targeted searches within a company's vast array of documents and data, retrieving the information that employees need swiftly and accurately.

As the technology community eagerly anticipates the wider release of Copilot, Microsoft's ongoing efforts to enhance its functionality and expand its accessibility represent a significant step forward in harnessing the power of AI to empower users and streamline work processes.


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