Microsoft Copilot: The Essential AI Assistant

Discover Microsoft Copilot, the revolutionary assistant that transforms the use of Microsoft technologies. Integrated with Windows 11 and Microsoft 365, Copilot goes far beyond a simple voice assistant. It is created to understand and speak like humans, providing answers that help you be more productive and creative.

Whether it’s creating dynamic content or unleashing your creativity in Microsoft applications such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Teams, Copilot is the perfect tool to optimize your daily tasks. Dive into the world of this innovative tool that redefines efficiency in digital work.

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What is Microsoft Copilot?

Discovering Microsoft Copilot

Microsoft Copilot represents the next generation of intelligent assistants, specifically designed to enrich the Copilot experience across the Microsoft applications ecosystem. This virtual copilot is included in Windows 11 and Microsoft 365. It uses advanced models to understand requests in human language and provide rapid responses.

Innovative Features of Copilot

The Copilot assistant is much more than a simple text input tool. It is capable of:

  • Creating dynamic content: Whether it’s text, graphic visualizations, or images, Copilot transforms the way content is created in Office applications.
  • Automating communication: Summarizing emails, drafting detailed reports, or composing articles becomes effortless with this powerful tool.
  • Offering personalized recommendations: Based on the analysis of your data and work habits, Copilot suggests actions and provides tailored advice to boost your efficiency.

Optimizing Productivity and Creativity

By using Microsoft Copilot, users experience a significant increase in productivity and creativity. This advanced assistant enables the execution of a multitude of complex tasks quickly and efficiently, thus transforming the paradigm of modern work in a digital environment.

Whether for IT professionals or novices, Copilot proves to be a valuable asset.

How to Use Microsoft Copilot?

Availability of Copilot

It is important to note that Microsoft Copilot is currently not available in the European Union. This restriction is due to non-compliance with standards imposed by the Digital Markets Act, particularly in terms of personal data protection.

Understanding How Microsoft Copilot Works

Microsoft Copilot is not just a tool; it is a technological advancement that uses cutting-edge language models like GPT-4 to understand and generate content. This technology allows Copilot to provide contextually relevant and tailored responses.

Interacting with Microsoft Graph

Thanks to its integration with Microsoft Graph, Copilot has access to a multitude of data from your Microsoft 365 account, such as your emails, documents, and conversations. This feature is crucial as it allows Copilot to provide personalized responses that adapt to your specific professional context.

Optimise Productivity with Copilot for Microsoft 365 (MS-4004)

Is Microsoft Copilot Free?

Microsoft Copilot offers both a free version and a paid version with more features to meet the diverse needs of users.

Features of the Free Version of Microsoft Copilot

The free version of Microsoft Copilot is available on various platforms, including the web, Windows, macOS, and iPadOS, making it particularly versatile. Users have access to GPT-4 and GPT-4 Turbo during off-peak hours, allowing for an interactive and dynamic experience.

This version also enables conversational searches via text, voice, and images. For creative tasks, it offers the ability to create images with a quota of 15 credits per day. Additionally, users can utilize various plugins and use Copilot GPT for specific tasks.

Exclusive Benefits of Copilot Pro

The paid version, Copilot Pro, which costs 21 CHF per month, significantly extends these capabilities. It offers priority access to GPT-4 and GPT-4 Turbo, enabling faster response times, ideal for professionals who need to be more efficient.

Copilot Pro is integrated into Microsoft Office applications such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook, making daily work more seamless and integrated. Image generation is enhanced through DALL-E 3, with an allocation of 100 credits per day, and the Pro version also allows for the creation of custom chatbots via Copilot GPT Builder, adding a layer of customization for businesses.

Recent Update in the Free Version

Recently, Microsoft has integrated the GPT-4 Turbo model into the free version of Copilot, increasing the relevance of the responses provided at no additional cost to the user. This enhancement underscores Microsoft’s commitment to making AI technology more accessible

Craft effective prompts for Microsoft Copilot for Microsoft 365 (MS-4005)

How to Install Microsoft Copilot?

The installation of Microsoft Copilot varies depending on the platform and the specific needs of users, whether they are individuals or professionals. Here is a detailed guide for installing Copilot on different platforms.

Installing Copilot for Microsoft 365

For organizations using Microsoft 365, IT administrators play a key role in deploying Copilot. The following steps should be followed for a successful installation:

  1. License Verification: Ensure that your organization has at least 300 Microsoft 365 E3 or E5 licenses.
  2. Data Preparation: Cleanse company data by removing duplicates and standardizing file names to optimize Copilot’s usage.
  • Activation in the Microsoft 365 Admin Center: Go to the ‘Users > Active users’ section.
  • Select the users for whom you want to activate Copilot.
  • In ‘Licenses and apps’, activate the “Microsoft Copilot for Microsoft 365” license.
  • User Communication: Inform users via email about Copilot’s features and available training to maximize its utility.

Installing Copilot for Windows 11

For Windows 11 users, access to Copilot will be integrated via a system update scheduled for September 2023. Users will simply need to enable the latest Windows updates to benefit from Copilot.

Installing Microsoft Copilot for Visual Studio Code

For developers, Copilot is also available as an extension for Visual Studio Code. Follow these steps to install it:

  • Open Visual Studio Code.
  • Go to the ‘Extensions’ section and search for ‘GitHub Copilot’.
  • Click ‘Install’ to add the extension to your environment. Once installed, this extension will assist in coding by providing intelligent and contextual suggestions.

Installing the Copilot Mobile App

To install the Copilot mobile app on Android or iOS:

  • Download the app from the Play Store or App Store.
  • Log in with your Microsoft account to activate the app.

Each installation method is designed to be intuitive and accessible, ensuring that users can easily integrate Copilot into their workflow.

Copilot for Microsoft 365 for Administrators (MS-4006)

The Difference Between Microsoft Copilot and GitHub Copilot

Microsoft Copilot and GitHub Copilot are two artificial intelligence-based tools designed to optimize different aspects of digital work, but they cater to distinct audiences with varying objectives.

Microsoft Copilot is integrated into the Microsoft 365 suite and aims to enhance productivity by assisting users in various tasks such as writing, data analysis, and creating presentations, using personal data from the Microsoft account for personalized responses.

In contrast, GitHub Copilot is specifically designed for developers. It acts as a programming assistant by suggesting code in real-time within development software like Visual Studio Code.

While Microsoft Copilot focuses on integration with productivity applications, GitHub Copilot specializes in aiding the coding process.

What is Microsoft Bing Copilot?

Discovering Copilot, the AI Assistant Integrated into Bing

Copilot enhances Bing, Microsoft’s search engine, by incorporating advanced AI assistance. This improves how users interact with information online.

Copilot in Bing goes beyond a simple list of links. It provides detailed answers, generates content using AI, and offers conversational interaction. This enables a more dynamic and personalized search experience.

Key Features of Copilot in Bing

With Copilot integrated into Bing, users can ask questions in natural language and receive comprehensive and accurate answers. Whether it’s generating text, images, code, or even delving deeper into topics through interactive dialogue, Copilot is designed to respond intuitively and relevantly to various queries. This ability to engage in conversation makes searches more natural and efficient.

How to Use Microsoft Bing Copilot?

To access this feature, simply go to bing.com and click on the “Conversation” or “Chat” tab. There, you can interact directly with the AI assistant to ask questions or explore topics in detail. Copilot uses OpenAI’s GPT-4 language model along with Microsoft’s Prometheus model to provide answers, also relying on supplementary web searches to enrich interactions.

Availability and Accessibility of Copilot

Copilot in Bing is available for free to all users, without the need for prior registration, through a Microsoft account. Whether on the bing.com site or via the Edge browser, access is easy for everyone. Additionally, a specific mobile app for Copilot is available on both Android and iOS, allowing for mobile use on smartphones and tablets.

Copilot for Microsoft 365 User Enablement Specialist (MS-4007)

Train with Our Microsoft Copilot 365 Courses

Microsoft Copilot is revolutionizing the office technology ecosystem, effectively addressing both IT professionals and novice users. By adapting its features to various tasks, Copilot not only enhances your daily experience but also boosts your productivity. For those aspiring to fully leverage this potential, we offer a series of specialized training courses:

These courses are designed to open the doors to advanced and personalized use of Copilot, preparing you to navigate confidently in this new era of work assisted by artificial intelligence. Engage today with Microsoft Copilot and transform the way you work by fully leveraging this innovative technology.

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