So, You Have Microsoft Copilot—Now What?

Makayla Mota

The anticipation leading up to the November 1, 2023, release of Microsoft Copilot for enterprise customers was unparalleled. During the Early Access Program (EAP), a multitude of enterprise users, including notable companies such as Visa, General Motors, KPMG, and Lumen Technologies, had the opportunity to utilize Microsoft 365 Copilot. Presently, it is available for all enterprise customers at a cost of $30 per user, per month. Once acquired, understanding how to optimize its use for your business becomes crucial. Additionally, understanding its integration within Microsoft 365, Windows 11, and Copilot with Bing Chat is essential. Connection is available to guide you through the onboarding process.

What capabilities does Copilot have in Windows 11 and how can I make the most of them?

Copilot serves as an AI assistant integrated into Windows 11, aimed at enhancing productivity and nurturing creativity. Operating alongside Bing Chat and ChatGPT plugins, Copilot aids in boosting focus, responding to inquiries, adjusting settings, summarizing information, and launching applications.

Beyond text-based interactions, Copilot in Windows enables image-related actions such as copying, dragging and dropping, or uploading images into the chat for further exploration. Additionally, it allows voice input and facilitates various actions including:

  • “Switch to dark mode”
  • “Turn on do not disturb”
  • “Capture a screenshot”
  • “Summarize this website” (Active tab in Microsoft Edge)
  • “Write a story about a hamster on vacation”
  • “Make me a picture of a sweeping mountain view”

Copilot in Windows 11 is also your assistant in creating AI-generated art. By utilizing AI-driven tools like Bing Chat, Copilot integrated within Windows, and Paint, you can make digital artwork directly from your device! Share details with Copilot, such as preferred colors, artistic styles, and additional sensory elements you wish to incorporate into your artwork. Offer this AI-powered assistant more information to customize your artwork, and watch your vision come to life.

Windows 11 offers an array of AI-driven tools and functionalities designed to enhance user experiences. Users can seamlessly utilize features like the Snipping Tool, voice commands, and intelligent suggestions within File Explorer and the Start menu. Leverage AI for enhanced creativity through applications like Clipchamp, Paint, or the Photos app.

What is Copilot with Bing Chat and how can I use it to enhance my organization?

Copilot with Bing Chat is an AI-fueled chatbot tailored for use within corporate environments. It represents the business-oriented iteration of Bing Chat, equipped with data privacy and governance controls specifically designed for enterprise settings. This enterprise version prioritizes data protection, catering to businesses concerned about privacy and security matters pertaining to generative AI tools. Offered in Preview, Bing Chat Enterprise will be incorporated into selected Microsoft 365 plans at no additional expense.

The primary function of Copilot with Bing Chat is to assist employees in content generation, data analysis, document summarization, skill acquisition, coding, and various other tasks. All these functionalities are conducted with the assurance that both user and business data are safeguarded, preventing leakage outside the organization. Copilot with Bing Chat exclusively accesses data from the public Web within the Bing search index and does not have authorization to organizational resources or content housed within Microsoft 365.

For further insights into Copilot with Bing Chat, various resources are available:

Regarding eligibility, customers possessing licenses for Microsoft 365 E3 or E5, A3 or A5 for faculty, Business Standard, or Business Premium can access Copilot with Bing Chat without extra charges. This benefit persists when Copilot with Bing Chat becomes widely available.

How can Microsoft 365 Copilot assist in my day-to-day work?

Microsoft 365 Copilot functions as your workplace AI assistant, building upon the foundation of Copilot with Bing Chat while possessing its own distinct qualities. It integrates enterprise-grade security, privacy, compliance, and responsible AI, ensuring that all data processing remains within your Microsoft 365 tenant, utilizing technology that Microsoft 365 customers have trusted for an extended period. The highlight of the Microsoft 365 Copilot experience is the Microsoft 365 Chat, surpassing basic Q&A interactions. This feature delves into your entire array of data, including emails, meetings, chats, documents, and online sources, to tackle intricate work-related challenges. Moreover, it seamlessly integrates with widely used Microsoft 365 apps like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Teams, elevating the daily experience for millions of users.

What are the differences between Copilot with Bing Chat and Microsoft 365 Copilot?

Copilot with Bing Chat operates as a generative AI service grounded solely in data from the public Web within the Bing search index, lacking access to organizational resources or Microsoft 365 content like OneDrive documents or emails.

In contrast, Microsoft 365 Copilot introduces three key elements:

  • Access to data within the Microsoft 365 Graph within your tenant
  • Processing of prompts and responses exclusively within your Microsoft 365 tenant boundary, reinforced by specific security, compliance, and privacy features
  • Integration of this generative AI capability within Microsoft 365 applications such as Teams, Outlook, and Word

Ready to venture into the world of Copilot? The opportunities to enrich your work experience are limitless. Contact your Connection Account Team for more details.

Makayla Mota is a Partner Marketing Specialist at Connection with a background in educational technology training on Microsoft solutions in the classroom. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, spending time with her family, antiquing, hiking, and watching movies.