Microsoft Copilot: Your everyday AI companion

Microsoft Copilot: Your everyday AI companion


22 September 2023

A new world is being launched next week by Microsoft, completely overhauling work and everyday life, with privacy and security as a priority. In this new world, the average worker is being asked to leave behind the standard workday and the increased volume and pace of recent years - over 18 searches a day, over 250 emails, use of over 11 apps in a day to complete specific tasks, over 150 Teams conversations. In Teams specifically, it is estimated that the weekly number of meetings has tripled compared to 2020.

Microsoft is essentially creating an everyday assistant, with an understanding of each user's work, priorities and needs, that gives a head start on some of the most complex or even tedious tasks, whether it's drafting a communication, creating a presentation, organizing a trip or emails.

Personalised responses based on chat history, linking different accounts - including Gmail, Yahoo, iCloud and more - into one app, help even with shopping suggestions with the ability to find options at better prices faster. Beyond the customized suggestions, Microsoft Edge users in the last 12 months have saved a total of over $4 billion on their purchases.

The company today officially announces the integration of artificial intelligence into all of its popular and beloved products with the introduction of Copilot. Copilot is designed to innovatively combine the context and intelligence of the web with the user's data and the work they are doing on their computer at any given time to provide better support, with security and privacy. It will continue to add features and create connections to the most used applications over time, consistent with its vision of an experience that accompanies users throughout their lives.

In more detail

As we rapidly enter a new AI era, the way we relate to and benefit from technology is changing radically. With the convergence of chat interfaces and large language models, users can now ask for exactly what they want, in natural language, and the technology is "smart" enough to answer them, create or execute commands directly.

Microsoft brings all these capabilities together in Copilot, a "co-pilot" capable of helping to implement any task. By integrating AI through Copilot into the most popular and beloved products, the company is making coding on GitHub, more efficient. It improves productivity across the Microsoft 365 suite, reimagines search in Bing and Edge, and increases efficiency overall across Windows apps. Copilot will either run as an app or appear to the user when needed with a simple right-click, and will gradually be enhanced with new features for the most used apps.

The integration of artificial intelligence, doesn't stop at Copilot and will be at the heart of new updates to follow in the near future, which will affect the entire range of Microsoft products. To illustrate:

  • With nearly 150 new features, the next Windows 11 update is one of Microsoft's most ambitious projects, bringing the power of Copilot and new AI experiences in apps like Paint Photos, Clipchamp and many others directly to Windows PC.

    Bing will now feature support for the latest DALL.E 3 model from OpenAI and will provide more personalized answers based on search history, offering a new shopping experience using AI and updates to Bing Chat Enterprise that will make it even more responsive.

    Microsoft 365 Copilot will be widely available for enterprise customers from 1 November 2023 alongside Microsoft 365 Chat, a new AI assistant that will radically change the way people work.

    In addition, new Surface devices are "coming" that will include all of the above AI experiences for users, available for pre-order today.

From Windows 11, the destination for the most innovative AI experiences that will enable users to evolve their overall productivity at work, school and home, to Microsoft 365, Bing and Edge, Microsoft is the place where powerful and useful AI capabilities are integrated with simplicity, security and accountability into the products people use most every day.

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