In the last quarter of 2022, we saw OpenAI ChatGPT taking the world by storm. In 2023, we welcomed the birth of Copilot for Microsoft 365 —your copilot for work. Copilot combines the power of large language models (LLMs) with your data in the Microsoft Graph—your calendar, emails, chats, documents, meetings, and more

Humans possess an innate desire to dream, innovate, and create. Each individual yearns to partake in work that instills purpose and meaning in their lives. Be it writing a masterpiece novel, making a groundbreaking discovery, building strong and united communities, or caring for the unwell, the craving to connect with the essence of one’s profession lies within every soul. Unfortunately, we often find ourselves spending an excessive amount of time engrossed in tedious work that drains our time, creativity, and energy. To rediscover the soul of our labor, we require not just an improved method of performing our tasks but a completely new approach to work.

Presently, we offer the advanced potential of artificial intelligence (AI) to the working world. It is with great pleasure that we introduce Copilot for Microsoft 365, your ultimate work companion. This innovative software merges the capabilities of large language models (LLMs) with your data in the Microsoft Graph and the Microsoft 365 apps, creating the most powerful productivity tool on the planet from your words.

Satya Nadella, Microsoft’s Chairman and CEO, claims, “Today marks the next major step in the evolution of how we interact with computing, which will fundamentally change the way we work and unlock a new wave of productivity growth. With our new copilot for work, we’re giving people more agency and making technology more accessible through the most universal interface — natural language.”

Copilot for Microsoft 365 is integrated into Microsoft 365 in two different ways. It operates alongside you within the Microsoft 365 apps that you utilize daily, such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Teams, and others. Copilot unlocks your creativity, boosts productivity, and enhances your skillset. We are also proud to announce the unveiling of an entirely new experience, Business Chat. Business Chat functions across the LLM, the Microsoft 365 apps, and your data such as your calendar, emails, chats, documents, meetings, and contacts, allowing you to accomplish tasks never before possible. Simply provide natural language cues like “Inform my team about the updated product strategy,” and it will generate a status update derived from the morning’s meetings, emails, and chat threads.

With Copilot, you’re always in control. You decide what to keep, modify or discard. Now, you can be more creative in Word, more analytical in Excel, more expressive in PowerPoint, more productive in Outlook and more collaborative in Teams.

Microsoft 365 Copilot in Word

writes, edits, summarizes, and creates right alongside you. With only a brief prompt, Copilot in Word will create a first draft for you, bringing in information from across your organization as needed. Copilot can add content to existing documents, summarize text, and rewrite sections or the entire document to make it more concise. You can even get suggested tones—from professional to passionate and casual to thankful—to help you strike the right note. Copilot can also help you improve your writing with suggestions that strengthen your arguments or smooth inconsistencies.

Microsoft 365 Copilot in Excel

works alongside you to help analyze and explore your data. Ask Copilot questions about your data set in natural language, not just formulas. It will reveal correlations, propose what-if scenarios, and suggest new formulas based on your questions—generating models based on your questions that help you explore your data without modifying it. Identify trends, create powerful visualizations, or ask for recommendations to drive different outcomes.

Microsoft 365 Copilot in PowerPoint

helps you turn your ideas into stunning presentations. As your storytelling partner, Copilot can transform existing written documents into decks complete with speaker notes and sources or start a new presentation from a simple prompt or outline. Condense lengthy presentations at the click of a button and use natural language commands to adjust layouts, reformat text, and perfectly time animations.

Microsoft 365 Copilot in Outlook

works with you in your inbox and messages so that you can spend less time on email triage and more time on communicating—better, faster, and more easily. Summarize lengthy, convoluted email threads with multiple people to understand not only what has been said, but the different viewpoints of each person and the open questions that have yet to be answered. Respond to an existing email with a simple prompt or turn quick notes into crisp, professional messages—pulling from other emails or content that you already have access to from across Microsoft 365. Use toggles to adjust the tone or length of your note.

Microsoft 365 Copilot in Teams

takes the work out of working together. Copilot helps you run more effective meetings, get up to speed on the conversation, organize key discussion points, and summarize key actions so that the entire group knows what to do next. In your chat, Copilot gets you answers to specific questions or catches you up on anything you’ve missed, all without interrupting the flow of discussion. By adding Copilot to your meetings and conversations, you now also have a powerful tool to help with common tasks such as creating meeting agendas based on chat history, identifying the right people for follow-up, and scheduling the next check-in.

Microsoft 365 Copilot in Whiteboard

Copilot in Whiteboard makes brainstorming a breeze. In later in 2024, Copilot in Whiteboard visualizes spoken discussion points and organizes them into a visual collaboration space in Whiteboard, shared across all meeting participants.

Microsoft 365 Copilot in Loop

With Microsoft 365 Copilot and Loop, you can stay in sync with your team members and on track with your projects.

Microsoft 365 Copilot Pro

Copilot for Microsoft 365

Copilot for Microsoft 365 helps enhance your productivity with concise recaps, data-driven insights, custom prompts and more so you’re always prepared for your next meeting or presentation.

Copilot is here. Meet your highly capable, always-available, dot-connecting data chaser. Copilot for Microsoft 365 combines the power of large language models, web search, and your data in the Microsoft Graph and the Microsoft 365 apps. Work on.

Copilot for Microsoft 365 helps you uplevel your productivity with data driven insights, visualization tools, real time summaries, suggested action items and more so you can focus on what matters most.

Differences of Microsoft 365 Copilot for Home Personal Individuals and Copilot for Microsoft 365 for Business Enterprise Commercial

For Individuals For Organizations
Copilot (Free) Copilot Pro ($20) Copilot for Microsoft 365 ($30)
Foundational capabilities
Web Grounding
Commercial Data Protection
Priority Model Access
Copilot in Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint & OneNote
Copilot in Teams
Microsoft Graph Grounding
Enterprise-Grade Data Protection
Customization Copilot GPT Builder Copilot Studio

Microsoft will remove the ability to create GPTs starting July 10th, 2024, and then remove all GPTs (created by Microsoft and by customers) along with their associated GPT data also starting July 10th, 2024.

For more information see GPT Builder is being retired.

Microsoft Copilot Studio

Copilot Studio is introducing new agent capabilities, empowering developers to build copilots that can proactively respond to data and events, tailored to specific tasks and functions. Copilots built with this new category of capabilities can now independently manage complex long running processes by leveraging memory and knowledge for context, reason over actions and inputs, learn based on user feedback and ask for help when it encounters situations that it doesn’t know how to handle.

PRIMARY USE General-purpose chatbot and text generation tool Productivity assistant for Microsoft 365 users
PRICING Free for basic use, $20/month for ChatGPT 4 Requires a Microsoft 365 subscription
AVAILABILITY Available through APIs and various platforms Integrated into Microsoft 365 applications
STRENGTHS Wide range of applications, including creative writing, code generation, and chat conversations Can help with writing emails, documents, presentations, and more
WEAKNESSES Can sometimes generate nonsensical or irrelevant text May not be as helpful for users who are not familiar with Microsoft 365
BEST FOR Users who need a versatile AI tool for various tasks Microsoft 365 users who want to improve their productivity