It’s no secret that AI is transforming modern work. It’s already changing the ways we find information, understand data and create content — and it’s capable of empowering productivity enhancements across every role within an organization.
Copilot for Microsoft 365 offers users the ability to unlock new levels of productivity by bringing the power of AI to their day-to-day work across different Microsoft 365 applications. Think of Copilot as your AI-powered assistant, there to help you navigate any task in Microsoft 365 productivity apps. It securely incorporates AI capabilities, your work data and what you are working on in real time to be able to assist on the task at hand.
In this way, Copilot works alongside you, helping you get things done faster and easier. In Outlook, get assistance drafting emails and summarizing long threads. In PowerPoint, give yourself a better starting point for drafting presentations by providing Copilot with a file that it can use to create slide content. In Teams, let Copilot take meeting notes for you, catch you up on conversations you might have missed, summarize action items and more.
If you’re interested in learning more about what’s possible with Copilot, check out this webcast.
Now that we know a little about what Copilot can do, let’s talk about how Copilot works. First things first, one of the biggest benefits of Copilot for Microsoft 365 is that it gives you the power of next-generation AI without the risk of having your data exposed outside your organization. All data and prompts stay within your environment, and all permissions and policies are inherited from Microsoft 365 — meaning your end users will not see any information they don’t already have access to, and your data is secure.
Copilot for Microsoft 365 sends prompts to a Large Language Model (LLM) for natural language processing only and uses Microsoft Graph along with the recently released Semantic Index for Copilot to provide responses. Semantic Index for Copilot is key to why Copilot for Microsoft 365 is able to provide more privacy and security than other AI assistants. To learn more about Semantic Index for Copilot, watch this video from Microsoft.
To get started with Copilot, your organization will need to meet minimal technical requirements and have certain features enabled. Here’s what you should know about technical prerequisites and availability:
Keep in mind, this checklist just covers the minimum requirements for running Copilot for Microsoft 365. Even if you check off everything on this list, your organization might still have a way to go before it’s truly Copilot-ready. Here are some things to think about to prepare your organization for Copilot for Microsoft 365:
If you want to incorporate Copilot into your enterprise but you’re not sure where to start, Insight is here to help. Our 30+ year partnership with Microsoft is founded on a commitment to helping clients transform with Microsoft technologies. Our dedicated team of experts can help you prepare for and adopt Copilot, maximizing the benefits it brings to your organization.