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Will Microsoft Copilot for Office 365 Revolutionize How Companies Operate?
Microsoft 365 Copilot has the potential to revolutionize how companies operate by combining the power of large language models (LLMs) with data from the Microsoft Graph and the Microsoft 365 apps to turn words into a powerful productivity tool.
Copilot is integrated into Microsoft 365 apps like Word, Excel, Outlook, and Teams and offers help with editing, summarizing, and analyzing information. It is like having a personal digital assistant that can help you accomplish tasks faster and more efficiently.
One of the ways Copilot can revolutionize how companies operate is through Business Chat, a new experience that works with your data and context to generate content based on your prompts. This can help employees focus on more important work and spend less time on busywork.
What is Business Chat?
Business Chat is an entirely new experience that works across all your data and apps to do things you’ve never been able to do before. You can give it natural language prompts like “tell my team how we updated the product strategy” or “create a quarterly report based on the latest sales data” and it will generate a response based on the morning’s meetings, emails, chats, documents, and more. You can also ask it questions like “who is the best person to talk to about [a topic]?” or “what are the main challenges we are facing right now?” and it will give you answers based on your organization’s knowledge graph and data across the organization.
Business Chat is more than just a chatbot. It is a conversational interface that lets you interact with Copilot in a natural and intuitive way. You can have multi-turn dialogues with Business Chat, where it will ask you clarifying questions or offer suggestions based on your input. You can also use voice or text input interchangeably with Business Chat.
Business Chat is also integrated with Loop —a new app that lets you create dynamic documents that update automatically with live data from various sources. You can use Business Chat to create Loops based on your prompts or queries, or to add content or data to existing Loops.
What is Microsoft 365 Copilot
Microsoft 365 Copilot is a new feature that combines the power of large language models (LLMs) with your data in the Microsoft Graph and the Microsoft 365 apps to turn your words into the most powerful productivity tool on the planet. It works alongside you, embedded in the apps you use every day, to unleash creativity, unlock productivity, and uplevel skills.
What can Copilot do for you?
Copilot can help you with a variety of tasks, such as:
- Writing, editing, summarizing, and creating documents in Word
- Analyzing, visualizing, and transforming data in Excel
- Designing, presenting, and animating slides in PowerPoint
- Scheduling, organizing, and following up on meetings in Outlook
- Collaborating, communicating, and sharing files in Teams
- And more!
You can give Copilot natural language prompts like “draft a two-page project proposal based on the data from [a document] and [a spreadsheet]” or “create a one-page draft based on this rough outline” and it will generate a first draft for you, bringing in information from across your organization as needed. You can also ask it to change the tone of the document, make it more concise, or add content to existing documents. Copilot can also help you improve your writing with suggestions that strengthen your arguments or smooth inconsistencies.
Copilot can also help you with data analysis and visualization in Excel. You can ask it to create charts, tables, or pivot tables based on your data, or to perform calculations or transformations on your data. You can also ask it to explain what the data means or to find insights or trends in the data.
Copilot can also help you with designing and presenting slides in PowerPoint. You can ask it to create slides based on your topic, outline, or notes, or to add content to existing slides. You can also ask it to design the slides with themes, layouts, or animations that match your style or audience. You can also ask it to rehearse your presentation with you and give you feedback on your delivery.
Copilot can also help you with scheduling and organizing meetings in Outlook. You can ask it to find a time that works for everyone, send meeting invitations, or create meeting agendas. You can also ask it to follow up on meetings with action items, summaries, or feedback requests.
Copilot can also help you with collaborating and communicating in Teams. You can ask it to create channels, teams, or chats based on your project or topic. You can also ask it to join meetings, take notes, or transcribe conversations. You can also ask it to share files, links, or messages with your teammates.
How can Copilot revolutionize how companies operate?
Copilot has the potential to revolutionize how companies operate by:
- Saving time and effort: Copilot can automate many of the tedious and repetitive tasks that take up a lot of our time and energy at work. It can help us focus on the most important and creative aspects of our work instead of the busy work.
- Enhancing quality and accuracy: Copilot can help us improve the quality and accuracy of our work by providing us with relevant and reliable information, suggestions, and feedback. It can help us avoid errors, inconsistencies, or gaps in our work.
- Boosting collaboration and communication: Copilot can help us collaborate and communicate more effectively with our colleagues, customers, and partners. It can help us share information, insights, and ideas more easily and quickly. It can also help us bridge language, cultural, or geographical barriers.
- Empowering learning and growth: Copilot can help us learn and grow as professionals and individuals. It can help us acquire new skills, knowledge, or perspectives. It can also help us discover new opportunities, challenges, or solutions.
How can you get started with Copilot?
Copilot is currently available as an invitation-only, paid preview for select customers through the Microsoft 365 Copilot Early Access Program. Copilot is also available as a free preview for developers through GitHub Copilot.
To get ready for Copilot, you will need to have a Microsoft 365 E3 or E5 subscription and enable the Semantic Index for Copilot —a new capability that creates a sophisticated map of your user and company data.
Once you have access to Copilot, you can start using it in the Microsoft 365 apps you use every day by clicking on the Copilot icon in the ribbon or by typing “@copilot” in the app. You can also start using Business Chat by opening the Business Chat app in Microsoft 365 or by typing “@businesschat” in any app.
As you can see, Microsoft 365 Copilot is a powerful tool that will be enabling businesses everywhere to be more productive by helping employees focus on valuable work rather than busy work. Using the built-in Business Chat features within all of your favorite Office 365 apps will help you to safe time, enhance quality of your output, boost collaboration and empower learning. We hope you are as excited as we are about Microsoft 365 Copilot and how it will revolutionize how companies operate. If you are interested in learning more about how you use Copilot to unleash your creativity, unlock your productivity, and uplevel your skills then contact us at Invero and we can help you to revolutionize how your business operates.