Preparing Your Business for Microsoft Copilot

January 18, 2024

What is Microsoft Copilot?

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Microsoft Copilot is an AI-based companion that has been deployed throughout the Windows operating system and applications.

For businesses in 2024, Microsoft Copilot is shaping up to be an amazing addition to your organisation, with many features that are incredibly helpful in day-to-day workflows. Here are some of the helpful features and uses that Copilot has to offer.

Microsoft Copilot Feature: Microsoft Office Integration

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Some of the most helpful and productivity increasing components of Microsoft Copilot, are its integration with Microsoft Office applications. It’s ability to act, quite literally, as a copilot throughout your workday is unrivalled, and is key to increasing efficiency for users working in the Microsoft Office area frequently.

When using Microsoft Word, Copilot can revolutionise the way documents are created. As users begin typing, Copilot has the ability to provide context-aware suggestions, helping users draft content more efficiently. Whether writing documents or reports, Copilot assists users by having the ability to suggest entire sentences or providing relevant information to expand upon your current information. It can also create a first draft for you, based purely off a provided prompt.

Microsoft PowerPoint is also another application benefiting heavily from the integration of Copilot. Similarly to Word, Copilot will look to suggest content, such as bullet points, graphics and even entire new slides based on the user’s input. This accelerates the process whilst maintaining a consistent and professional display.

In the Microsoft Excel realm, Copilot is invaluable in assisting the user, even if they are a beginner user. Users can input formulas, functions or the most complex of queries, and Copilot generates suggestions that align with the required analysis. Copilot simplifies the process, allowing even the most novice of Excel users to utilise the application effectively.

Microsoft Outlook also benefits heavily from the implementation of Copilot. As users draft their messages, Copilot will suggest relevant content, but with added context, maintaining consistency in both language and tone, ensuring that the messaging aligns with the organisation’s branding and communication standards. It also allows you to summarise long email chains to improve efficiency and overall productivity.

Microsoft Teams has gained valuable assistance as well, from Copilot. Copilot has the ability to set meeting agendas and schedules, but also can be utilised as a decision maker. The chatbot can list a number of pros and cons of any discussion within Teams, and furthermore, provide next steps to act upon their recommendations.

Microsoft Copilot Feature: Perform Research

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Microsoft Copilot is incredibly useful when it comes to performing research for users. Copilot’s competition, like ChatGPT, will similarly provide you with detailed information, however Copilot goes one step further, with its ability to actually cite sources. This allows the researcher to not only gain the information that they are seeking, but also be provided with a source to ensure that it can be trusted and utilised. Even if you aren’t writing content, and just researching a topic, Microsoft Copilot can provide links for further reading to gain more insight.

Microsoft Copilot Feature: Generate Images with DALL-E 3

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One of the most impressive features of Microsoft Copilot, is its ability to produce images using the DALL-E 3 image generator. The best part is, there is no additional subscription that a number of AI image creation sites currently possess. You simply go to the image generator page, ask it to create the image you are seeking, and if needed, you have the ability to provide further prompts to increase the accuracy of what you are looking for.

Microsoft Copilot Feature: Write Code

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Writing code is also on the list of features that Microsoft Copilot possesses, with the ability to assist beginner coders, or even professional ones that are simply stuck on a current task. Copilot can be asked general questions such as the best approach to how it would code something. It can also be provided with some of your own code, and it has the ability to absorb that information, and provide context as to why it may not be working. Supporting all major coding languages, Copilot is the perfect assistant for all your coding needs.

Copilot Feature: Conversation Styles

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Communication is an incredibly important component of modern-day business, with individuals needing to ensure they know the fine line between being professional and completely improper. Microsoft Copilot once again is there to assist users when it comes to this component of your workflow. With multiple options to choose from, Copilot will not affect the quality of your wording, but more so the tone. “More Precise” is a rigid, non-conversational and extremely professional tone. “More Balanced” has a tone of friendliness, however will still provide clear and concise communication. Where “More Creative” provides a more imaginative tone, speaking much more freely.

Why Use Copilot?

Ultimately, there have been a number of AI programs and applications released in recent years, however Microsoft Copilot seems to be the winner when it comes to day-to-day workflow. Integrating with the Microsoft applications and operating system directly is incredibly beneficial to its ability to compliment the user’s experience.

Feel free to contact one of our Microsoft 365 specialists at Adept IT Solutions on 1300 4 23378 (ADEPT) or email us at info@adept-it.com.au today.

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