Microsoft launched a new product, Copilot, during its AI and Surface event on Thursday, calling it “your daily AI companion.” Copilot will be included in the next major Windows 11 update, scheduled for September 26, according to Microsoft Vice President Yusuf Mehdi, who describes it as the most significant improvement to the operating system yet.
What is Microsoft Copliot?
Microsoft Copilot is the AI companion for all Microsoft products and experiences, including Microsoft 365, Windows 11, Edge, and Bing. Users will be able to get AI assistance in virtually every element of their workflows across Microsoft applications with Copilot.
For example, Copilot will integrate into the Microsoft 365 suite of apps, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Teams, to streamline your workflow across them, such as generating text and tables in Word, summarizing and composing emails in Outlook. . and generate Python visualizations in Excel.
Is Microsoft Copilot available now?
Because Microsoft Copilot will be integrated into other Microsoft products, release dates will vary.
- Copilot will be available for free as a Windows 11 update starting September 26.
- This fall, Copilot will be available on Bing and Edge.
- Microsoft 35 Copilot will be available to enterprise customers on November 1 and to other users later this fall.
Is Microsoft Copilot currently available?
No, Microsoft Copilot is currently not available as of September 22. However, it will be available on Windows 11 on September 26.
Is Microsoft Copilot free?
The cost of Microsoft Copilot is determined based on the program in which it is integrated.
Microsoft 365 Copilot will be offered to business users starting November 1 for a staggering $30 per user each month.
For comparison, the add-on costs more than low-end Microsoft 365 enterprise subscriptions, which range from $12 to $23 per user per month, and about the same as Microsoft’s high-end enterprise subscription, Office 365 E5, which costs 38 dollars a month. .
However, Microsoft stated that “Copilot will begin rolling out in its initial form as part of our free upgrade to Windows 11, starting September 26, and in Bing, Edge, and Microsoft 365 Copilot this fall.”
What is Microsoft 365 Copliot?
Microsoft 365 Copliot simply refers to the integration of Microsoft’s 365 family of productivity software, which includes Teams, Word, Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint.
What is Microsoft 365 chat?
Microsoft 365 Chat is a feature of Microsoft 365 Copliot. It is a chat interface with access to your data through your Microsoft work programs, allowing you to answer queries and help with tasks.
For example, if you ask Microsoft 365 Chat to “summarize unread messages,” it will search all of your 365 apps and give you a succinct summary of everything you missed.
It can also keep you up to date on meetings, discover documents, and answer queries based on information from your documents, meetings, chats, and other sources.
What is Google’s equivalent to Microsoft Copilot?
Duet AI, the counterpart to Google’s Microsoft Copilot, was introduced in late August. Duet AI is a virtual assistant that will be integrated into Google Workspace applications such as Google Docs, Slides, Meet, Gmail, Chat and others.
Duet AI has not yet been made available to the general public. Users can request a trial by completing this form, which requests information such as the number of employees in the potential user’s organization, whether they are a Google Workspace customer, and their contact information.
Microsoft leads with advanced generative tools
With Copilot, you can ask the AI to type a book synopsis in the middle of a Word document, or you can select an image and have the AI erase the background. In one example, Microsoft showed a long email and demonstrated how, when you highlight the content, Copilot appears and can ask you questions about the communication. And that information can be compared to information discovered online, such as asking Copilot where to have lunch nearby based on the content of the email.
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