At Convverge, we are excited about the future of work and how emerging technologies can help businesses unlock new levels of productivity and creativity. One such technology that has caught our attention is Microsoft 365 Copilot, a next-generation AI system that combines the power of large language models (LLMs) with data in the Microsoft Graph and Microsoft 365 apps to turn natural language into the most powerful productivity tool on the planet.
Copilot is integrated into Microsoft 365 in two ways. First, it works alongside users in the Microsoft 365 apps they use every day, such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Teams. Second, it offers an entirely new experience called Business Chat, which works across the LLM, the Microsoft 365 apps, and user data to perform tasks that were not possible before.
Copilot puts you in control
With Copilot, users are in control, deciding what to keep, modify, or discard. The system unleashes creativity in Word, assists in PowerPoint presentations, analyzes trends in Excel, and summarizes email threads in Outlook. Copilot also provides relevant content from previous documents in Microsoft 365 apps and can suggest action items during meetings in Teams. The system unlocks productivity, freeing users from the burden of busywork and automating repetitive tasks. It can also help individuals uplevel their skills and enable organizations to create new knowledge models.
What can you do with Copilot?
Anchored in Your Business Data: Copilot connects LLMs to your business data in a secure, compliant, and privacy-preserving manner, unlocking unprecedented productivity. Microsoft 365 Copilot has real-time access to both your content and context within the Microsoft Graph, generating accurate, relevant, and contextual responses based on your documents, emails, calendar, chats, meetings, contacts, and other business data.
A Comprehensive Approach to Security, Compliance, and Privacy: Integrated into Microsoft 365, Copilot inherits your company's security, compliance, and privacy policies and processes. Features such as two-factor authentication, compliance boundaries, and privacy protections make Copilot a trusted AI solution.
Safeguarding Tenant, Group, and Individual Data: Copilot is designed to address data leakage concerns. LLMs aren't trained on your tenant data or prompts, and the time-tested permissioning model ensures data protection across user groups. Furthermore, Copilot only presents data you can access, utilizing technology that has been securing customer data for years.
Seamless Integration with Everyday Apps: Microsoft 365 Copilot integrates effortlessly into the productivity apps millions rely on daily, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Teams. Its intuitive and consistent user experience ensures a unified design language for prompts, refinements, and commands across all apps.
A Learning AI to Boost Productivity: Microsoft 365 Copilot's foundational skills revolutionize productivity, offering capabilities such as creating, summarizing, analyzing, collaborating, and automating tasks. As Copilot learns about new domains and processes, it will be able to perform even more sophisticated tasks and queries.
“Today marks the next major step in the evolution of how we interact with computing, which will fundamentally change the way we work and unlock a new wave of productivity growth,” said Satya Nadella, Chairman and CEO, Microsoft. “With our new copilot for work, we’re giving people more agency and making technology more accessible through the most universal interface — natural language.”
The 3 pillars of Copilot
Microsoft 365 Copilot revolutionizes work in three key ways:
- Unleash creativity: Copilot helps you jump-start the creative process, giving you a first draft to edit and iterate on. It assists in creating beautiful presentations in PowerPoint, analyzing trends, and generating professional-looking data visualizations in Excel.
- Unlock productivity: Copilot alleviates the burden of busywork, allowing you to focus on what really matters. It helps you manage your inbox efficiently in Outlook and makes every meeting productive with Teams.
- Uplevel skills: Copilot helps you master new skills quickly and enhances your existing abilities. It unlocks the rich functionality of Microsoft 365 using natural language, making it more accessible than ever before.
Microsoft's unique position allows us to deliver enterprise-ready AI with the Copilot System, a sophisticated engine that combines the power of LLMs, including GPT-4, with the Microsoft 365 apps and your business data in the Microsoft Graph. This secure, compliant, and privacy-preserving system ensures that your data remains protected while providing accurate, relevant, and contextual responses.
"GitHub data shows that Copilot promises to unlock productivity for everyone. Among developers who use GitHub Copilot, 88% say they are more productive, 74% say that they can focus on more satisfying work, and 77% say it helps them spend less time searching for information or examples."
From: Introducing Microsoft 365 Copilot – your copilot for work - The Official Microsoft Blog
Copilot & Power Platform
Microsoft Power Platform is revolutionizing software development by introducing Copilot into Power Apps, Power Automate, and Power Virtual Agents. Now, all you need to do is simply describe your solution in everyday language, and Copilot will create it through an intelligent, low-code experience. Transform the way you work, collaborate, and innovate.
With Copilot, build incredible solutions in seconds by describing them using natural language. Keep data at the heart of every application in Power Apps, boost efficiency with Power Automate, and accelerate chatbot development with Power Virtual Agents. Empower everyone to create amazing applications and save time for professional developers.
In addition to Copilot, Microsoft announces a new set of AI-powered capabilities across the Power Platform. Enjoy GPT-enabled chatbots in Power Apps and explore your data intelligently with GPT-enabled data exploration for immediate, actionable insights. Read more here.
Copilot & Office 365
A Commitment to Responsible AI Development
We see the potential of Copilot in unlocking productivity and creativity for businesses of all sizes. We are excited to leverage this technology to our advantage and help our customers make the most of it. Copilot is a sophisticated processing and orchestration engine working behind the scenes to combine the power of LLMs, including GPT-4, with the Microsoft 365 apps and user data in the Microsoft Graph. It is grounded in business data and built on Microsoft's comprehensive approach to security, compliance, and privacy.
Microsoft adheres to AI principles and Responsible AI Standard, with decades of research on AI, grounding, and privacy-preserving machine learning. A multidisciplinary team of experts reviews AI systems for potential harms and mitigations, refining training data, limiting harmful content, and applying Microsoft technologies like InterpretML and Fairlearn to detect and correct data bias. The system's decision-making process is transparent, providing users with the ability to review, fact-check, and adjust content based on their expertise.
We are committed to building responsibly, guided by Microsoft's AI principles and Responsible AI Standard. We believe that everyone deserves to find purpose and meaning in their work, and Microsoft 365 Copilot can help. We are eager to move forward and learn as we go, ensuring that we serve the unmet needs of our customers and create a brighter future of work for everyone.
In conclusion, we encourage you to learn more about Microsoft 365 Copilot and visit WorkLab to get expert insights on how AI will create a brighter future of work for everyone. The potential of this technology is immense, and we are excited to help our customers leverage it to unlock new levels of productivity and creativity. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you leverage Microsoft 365 Copilot to your advantage.