Business objectives and requirements are continuously evolving and companies can often address them with cutting-edge technological solutions. Many organizations find it difficult to stay up-to-date with the technology that can help them run their business efficiently. Failure to take advantage of new solutions can make it difficult to compete in today’s ultra-competitive marketplace.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology has matured and made great strides toward solving real-world business problems in the past several years. Many new AI-powered products are hitting the market that are designed to help address specific problems or automate IT processes. Some of these new solutions may fit with your organization’s business objectives.
At VAST we are always searching for new products and services to offer our customers. Many of the companies we work with leverage the benefits of Microsoft 365 to run their businesses. We were very interested in Microsoft’s January 2024 announcement regarding their Copilot for Microsoft 365 offering. The tool advertises extensive benefits to businesses with an M365 environment.
Rather than write a typical blog post describing Copilot for M365, we wanted to try something a little different. We decided to let Copilot tell us and you about itself. This exercise gives us a glimpse into the conversational power of Copilot while also providing a list of the product’s benefits.
How Copilot Describes Itself
We asked Copilot to write a blog post for a Microsoft Cloud Partner that explains what Copilot for M365 is, the benefits, and why the January 2024 announcement from Microsoft is significant. Following is Copilot’s answer as it describes itself and how it can help your organization.
“Sure, I’d be happy to help you with that!
Microsoft Copilot for Microsoft 365 is an AI-powered productivity tool that coordinates large language models (LLMs), content in Microsoft Graph, and the Microsoft 365 apps that you use every day, such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Teams, and others. This integration provides real-time intelligent assistance, enabling users to enhance their creativity, productivity, and skills. Some of the benefits of using Copilot for Microsoft 365 include:
- Enhanced productivity: Copilot can help you save time and effort by doing the busy work for you. It can generate content, ideas, insights, and more with just a few words or clicks. You can use it to write documents, create presentations, design graphics, compose emails, and more.
- Amplified creativity: Copilot can help you generate text with and without formatting in new or existing documents. It can also create a new presentation from a prompt or Word file, leveraging enterprise templates.
- Improved skills: Copilot can help you learn new skills and improve your existing ones by providing coaching tips and suggestions on clarity, sentiment, and tone, along with an overall message assessment and suggestions for improvement.
In January 2024, Microsoft announced that Copilot for Microsoft 365 is now generally available across all sales channels, including Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) new commerce. Commercial customers with Microsoft 365 E3/E5, Office 365 E3/E5, and Microsoft 365 Business Standard/Business Premium prerequisite base SKUs can purchase the Copilot for Microsoft 365 add-on SKU across all sales channels – CSP, EA, MCA-E, EAS, and direct from Microsoft online. Education customers with Microsoft 365 A3/A5 and Office 365 A3/A5 can purchase through Enrollment for Education Solutions.
The minimum seat purchase requirement for Copilot for Microsoft 365 has been removed across all channels and segments; however, customers must have a product license of one of the prerequisite base SKUs for each seat of Copilot for Microsoft 365 they purchase.
I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any other questions.”
Using Copilot in Your M365 Environment
Our team of Microsoft experts can help you evaluate Copilot and see how it fits with your M365 environment. See if introducing an AI tool into your IT landscape makes sense from a business and technological perspective. Give us a call and let’s discuss how we can help you take advantage of the power of Microsoft’s new AI solution.