Just a couple of days ago, Google unveiled a set of upcoming generative artificial intelligence (AI) features for its various Workspace apps, such as Google Docs, Gmail, Sheets, and Slides to assist users with their work. Not wanting to be left behind, Microsoft also did the same thing with theirs.
The Verge reports that yesterday, Microsoft announced a new AI-powered Copilot for its Microsoft 365 apps and services.
Microsoft’s Copilot is powered by OpenAI’s GPT-4, will appear in the sidebar, and users can summon it for assistance. Copilot will be available in various apps such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Teams, and more.
For example, the Copilot feature can provide users with information on upcoming meetings, including updates on related projects, organizational changes, and co-workers who have returned from vacation. It can also help users create documents, such as drafting documents in Word based on other files. Copilot can generate text that can be edited and adapted.
In addition, it can create a 10-slide PowerPoint presentation based on a Word document or analyse and format Excel data.
Excel users can use Copilot to create a SWOT analysis or a PivotTable instantly. In Teams, Copilot can transcribe meetings, remind users of things they might have missed if they joined late, and summarize action items.
Copilot will also exist in Outlook, where it can summarize email threads and create draft responses.
Microsoft is currently testing the Copilot feature with 20 customers and plans to expand the preview in the future. The company has not yet released pricing details and they acknowledges that Copilot may not always be correct but will sometimes provide useful ideas that can give users a head start.