Microsoft Introduces AI-powered ‘Copilot’ for Word, Outlook and More – CNET

Just a month after announcing artificial intelligence integration with its search engine Bing and browser Edge, Microsoft is introducing Microsoft 365 Copilot, a tool that will work with you within its suite of apps including Excel, Word, PowerPoint and more. In a blog post on Thursday, Microsoft said the new tool will increase creativity and productivity.

“Copilot gives you a first draft to edit and iterate on — saving hours in writing, sourcing, and editing time. Sometimes Copilot will be right, other times usefully wrong — but it will always put you further ahead,” Jared Spataro, an executive vice president at Microsoft, wrote of how the copilot will work in Word. 

It can create PowerPoint presentations and Excel data visualization with a prompt, Spataro wrote. Microsoft 365 Copilot will also draft email responses and summarize long email threads in Outlook.

Microsoft 365 copilot is currently being tested by 20 partners, though it will be available “more broadly in the coming months,” Microsoft said in a separate blog post.

Microsoft also announced Business Chat, which uses AI across your Microsoft apps to aggregate information and return it in response to a written prompt.

More to come.

Editors’ note: CNET is using an AI engine to create some personal finance explainers that are edited and fact-checked by our editors. For more, see this post.


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