With an overwhelming number of AI productivity tools being released, I've put together a beginner-friendly overview of my top pick for 2023: Microsoft Copilot.
What is Copilot?
Copilot is an AI-powered time saver. Your first-draft partner for work. It works alongside you, embedded in the Microsoft 365 apps you use every day. "Copilot combines the power of large language models (LLMs) with your data in the Microsoft Graph—your calendar, emails, chats, documents, meetings, and more—and the Microsoft 365 apps to turn your words into the most powerful productivity tool on the planet. And it does so within our existing commitments to data security and privacy in the enterprise" (Microsoft).
Copilot In Action
Copilot in Word collaborates with you in real-time, assisting with tasks like writing, editing, summarizing, and creating documents. Copilot can generate initial drafts, incorporate information from your organization, suggest tones, enhance arguments, and maintain consistency to improve improving writing efficiency and quality.
Copilot in Outlook is your email sidekick, helping you breeze through your inbox and communicate more effectively. It summarizes long email threads, captures different perspectives, and simplifies drafting responses, all while pulling in relevant content from across Microsoft 365.
Copilot in Excel is like having a data-savvy partner that assists in analyzing and understanding your data. By asking questions in plain language, Copilot uncovers correlations, suggests what-if scenarios, and proposes new formulas, generating models that allow you to explore your data without making changes. Copilot helps identify trends, create compelling visualizations, and provides recommendations to drive desired outcomes.
Copilot in PowerPoint is your creative companion for crafting impressive presentations. It can transform written content into complete decks, condense lengthy presentations, adjust layouts, reformat text, and even generate custom images using natural language commands, enhancing your storytelling and bringing your ideas to life in visually stunning ways (DALL-E).
Copilot in SharePoint Online is your ultimate web design partner, transforming your words into visually appealing SharePoint sites and pages. With Copilot assistance, you'll spend less time on setup and have confidence that your site utilizes the best features SharePoint has to offer.
Copilot in Teams makes meetings a breeze (and gives you time back). It lets you catch up on missed meetings, provides handy summaries, answers your questions, and even creates agendas. With Copilot, you can collaborate more efficiently, stay on top of important discussions, and make sure everyone knows what needs to be done.
Copilot in Viva enables organizations to create a more engaged and skilled workforce, leading to better business outcomes. It simplifies goal setting and management (Goals), generates email replies (Sales), provides personalized learning experiences (Learning), and helps leaders analyze employee feedback for continuous improvement (Engage/Answers).
Copilot in Power Apps enables you to build applications through natural language conversation. With Copilot in Power Apps, you can describe your app requirements, and the platform instantly generates the application, complete with data tables and logic (Imagine it. Describe it. Power Apps builds it.). A huge development for accessible, low-code development!
Copilot in OneNote is your notetaking partner that helps unlock creativity and productivity. With Copilot, you can create, organize, and recall information with ease - whether it's drafting plans, generating ideas, or summarizing notes.
Copilot in Whiteboard is your companion for Microsoft Teams meetings and brainstorms. Copilot generates ideas, organizes them into themes, and brings them to life through designs and images.
Copilot in Microsoft Loop keeps your team aligned and facilitates effective collaboration by summarizing the content on your Loop page. As your page fills with ideas and information, Copilot can quickly generate summaries to help everyone get up to speed and stay on track.
Author: Jeran Ulrich, Collaboration Architect