Microsoft Copilot AI - Everything it Can Do and How It Can Help You

By Maisie Reeves, Senior Staff Writer | Published 22nd Sep 2023

A new era of AI has arrived from Microsoft - Microsoft Copilot AI, your AI personal assistant for Windows 11.

Microsoft Copilot for Windows will be available from the 26th of September for Windows 11 and is ready to empower you to create faster and complete tasks with ease. This AI companion has been created by Microsoft to help you work smarter, boost productivity and creativity, and stay connected to the people and things around you.

Microsoft Copilot will offer a consistent experience across all your devices, appearing as a side pane in your favourite applications and as a brand new icon on your Windows taskbar so it’s easy to find and connect at all times. You’ll also be able to access copilot quickly using the new Win+C keyboard shortcut to provide assistance alongside all your apps, on all screen sizes at work, school or at home.

Here’s just a few of the benefits you can get from using Microsoft Copilot:

Intelligence: Copilot will work according to the preferences and permissions you set, and it has the unique ability to understand your business data, the web and your local context.

Productivity and creativity: Copilot will always be ready to respond to your request, whether you’re writing, communicating, designing, coding or just browsing, Copilot can help you get inspired, turn your ideas into content, and amplify your skills.

As well as Microsoft Copilot features across windows, Microsoft 365 Copilot will be available for Microsoft Enterprise customers to work alongside you in your favourite Microsoft 365 apps. This AI feature will be embedded in the apps you use every day, like Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Microsoft Teams, and Loop workspaces. Discover how Copilot AI can help you in your everyday Microsoft 365 apps.

Copilot in Word

Copilot can help you jumpstart your creative process in word as you focus on the work that matters post. Copilot will make suggestions to help produce text, edits and summaries as you work, and can help you get started by easily creating first drafts, and there’s more:

  • Add new content to your document by asking Copilot to write more text for specific sections
  • Chat with Copilot and have a conversation about the goals for your content
  • Request a recap from Copilot to help create a summary

Copilot in Excel

In Excel, Copilot can help you analyse and explore your data without modifying it. Here’s just a few ways Copilot can help you in Excel - without the need for formulas!

  • You can ask Copilot to look for correlations within your data set to help identify trends
  • Generate graphs and charts that will help you analyse your data
  • You can also ask Copilot for recommendations to help drive different outcomes and explore possibilities for your data

Copilot in Powerpoint

Using Copilot for Powerpoint can help you bring your ideas to life, helping you transform your documents into completed decks with speaker notes and sources. You can even use Copilot to create a new presentation quickly from just a simple prompt or presentation outline, here’s a few more features you can benefit from:

  • Copilot can help reduce text-heavy slides into concise bullet points
  • Craft custom imagery and make your slides resonate with incredible images
  • Rephrase text on your slides to make your content succinct and on-topic

Copilot can even be used in Outlook and Teams to help you create more effective communications. Clear your inbox in minutes as you compose emails that always strike the right tone, with helpful coaching tips and suggestions from Copilot. In Microsoft Teams, Copilot AI can help you summarise conversations, create alignment, and easily get action items from meetings and chats.

Microsoft 365 Copilot will be generally available for enterprise customers on Nov. 1, 2023, along with Microsoft 365 Chat, a new AI assistant that will completely transform the way you work.

Want to know more about Microsoft Copilot AI and how it can help you create your content? Have a read of some of our frequently asked questions below:

Is Microsoft Copilot free?

Yes, Microsoft Copilot will be available in its early form as part of a free update to Windows 11 from late September 2023. This update will deliver over 150 new features including bringing the power of Copilot to your PC and new AI powered experiences to apps like Paint, Photos, Clipchamp and more right to your Windows PC.

When will Microsoft Copilot be released?

Microsoft Copilot will be released for Windows on the 26th of September, and Microsoft 365 Copilot will be available for enterprise customers on the 1st of November.

Will Microsoft Copilot be on Windows 11?

Yes, Microsoft Copilot will be available for free as part of a Windows 11 update.

Can you use Copilot in a browser?

Yes, Microsoft Copilot can be used in Bing or Edge to offer help enhance your browsing capabilities. Get quick access to AI-powered tools, apps, and more right within Microsoft Edge’s sidebar. The new Bing will also include Bing Chat where you can ask questions, get answers, refine search, summarise, and create content–all without switching tabs or breaking your flow.

For example; you can now more quickly find what you’re shopping for online. When you ask for information on an item, your browser will ask additional questions to learn more, then use that information to provide more tailored recommendations for your needs.

Get ready for Copilot, coming to Windows 11 from the 26th September! Make sure your laptop or desktop is upgraded to Windows 11 so you can take advantage of the powerful new AI features coming from Microsoft!


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