Navigating the Cosmos of Copilot

Written by Gabrielle Manganiello

I am certain you have heard the hype surrounding Copilot and if you are anything like me, enjoy researching on your own to find the answers to your 10,000 questions. Yet, this often results in confusion and frustration. Have no fear, I am here to take you on a journey into the mysteries surrounding over a dozen different Copilots Microsoft has recently launched in their universe.

But first, let’s take a look at Microsoft’s core AI offering, Copilot, formally known as Bing Chat Enterprise.

Imagine it as your trusty “First Officer”, grounded in web data powered by AI similar to those behind the beloved Chat GPT. Copilot pulls answers from diverse sources and presents them to you with citations for verification. But Copilot is not just a font of textual knowledge; it can also present information in graphical formats like graphs, charts, and images.

Now, what sets Copilot apart from its peers is its commitment to data security. Unlike some other AI assistants, your interactions with Copilot are shielded by commercial data protection measures. Your data remains confidential, inaccessible even to Microsoft. It’s a closed loop—what goes in, stays in, ensuring your privacy and peace of mind. Microsoft has stated that Copilot “is guided by a core set of principles: fairness, reliability and safety, privacy and security, inclusiveness, transparency, and accountability.”

We are now entering into another Copilot galaxy, Copilot for Microsoft 365, the next evolutionary leap in AI assistance tailored specifically for those of the Microsoft universe. Copilot allows users to become more creative while increasing productivity with data security at top of mind. Copilot for Microsoft 365 does the same, but it also seamlessly integrates with your daily productivity tools—Outlook, Word, Excel, Teams, PowerPoint—transforming them into command centers of efficiency and innovation.

So, how exactly can Copilot for Microsoft 365 serve as your “your trusty companion for both work and life”? There’s no one-size-fits-all approach; rather, the possibilities are limitless. Think of Copilot as… a turbocharged rocket, propelling your productivity to new heights by brainstorming ideas and offering prompts. It’s a time-saving supernova, shortening lengthy emails, messages, PDFs, etc. into summaries, effortlessly locating information within your documents, generating images, acquiring new skills and beyond. Copilot “…combines the power of large language models (LLMs) with your data in the Microsoft Graph (including your calendar, emails, chats, documents, meetings, and more) and the Microsoft 365 apps to turn your words into the most powerful productivity tool on the planet” while eliminating the need to toggle between applications.”

One important thing to note is that you need to coach Copilot. Although Copilot engages in conversations, guiding it towards delivering more precise responses tailored to your needs is critical. Should it fall short in providing the desired answer, engaging in a dialogue to refine its understanding ensures optimal results.

As we’ve journeyed through these two galaxies – Copilot (formerly Bing Chat Enterprise) and Copilot for Microsoft 365, it’s evident that these tools are not just assistants; they’re your “First Officer”, enhancing productivity and creativity while safeguarding data privacy. In this ever-evolving technological frontier, Copilot stands as a testament to Microsoft’s dedication to “do more with less” empowering users and shaping the future of productivity. So, as we continue our exploration, let us embrace Copilot as our “trusty companion for both work and life”.

For more information contact your account manager today and do not forget to watch Microsoft’s Super Bowl commercial on Copilot here.

For more information on Microsoft Copilot, click here.

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