Microsoft Copilot for Microsoft 365 (Excel, Word, PowerPoint)

Microsoft is taking a major step in the realm of the Office suite (Microsoft 365). Recently, the company announced the integration of Microsoft Copilot for Microsoft 365. This means that users will be able to create and edit Excel, Word, and PowerPoint documents, or even initiate email conversations using generative artificial intelligence.

After artificial intelligence was introduced to Bing, it was expected that GPT-4 AI to be present in more and more services and applications. Especially in the ones that involve productivity, as it is Microsoft 365 (Office).

From the presentation made, with Microsoft Copilot for Microsoft 365, users will unleash their creativity. I don't really know how this development of creativity will happen if I draw a parallel with ChatGPT, which pupils and students use at school for homework and activities that are supposed to train their brains and make them more creative. Anyway, that's another discussion.

Microsoft 365 Copilot it will surely help increase productivity within a company with fewer human resources. As much as they say that artificial intelligence will not replace people in companies, it is almost impossible to believe and it is nonsense, if we look at what Microsoft says.

What can you do with Microsoft Copilot for Microsoft 365?

The environments in which GitHub Copilot has been tested have yielded more than satisfactory results for companies. 88% said they became more productive with Microsoft 365 Copilot, 74% were able to focus more on actual work, while 77% say they spent less time looking for information and examples. Basically, 20% of the time is spent on the work that really matters, while 80% of the time is spent on busy work that hinders the production process. This 80% means starting to write a document in Word, creating new messages and replying to e-mail in Outlook, starting a presentation in PowerPoint or spreadsheets and analyzes in Excel. All of this can be done by Copilot in just a few seconds.

All the user has to do is ask via text or voice (prompts) what they want to accomplish. Whether it's a presentation in PowerPoint, of composing a new message in Outlook or obtaining reports and analyzes in Excel. Basically, the time spent composing texts and inserting various elements in Office will be eliminated.

Here is an example of a PowerPoint presentation with Copilot, recently published by Microsoft.

Using Microsoft Copilot in PowerPoint

In a demo exhibited by Microsoft, the prompt asked for the achievement in PowerPoint of a presentation for a girl who just graduated from high school. Tasha graduated from Glenwood Springs High School, plays soccer, does theater, and is a leader in the electronics club. The presentation should be funny, festive and contain two tips. Be bold and adventurous.

Before generating a final result in PowerPoint, Microsoft Copilot will search in the user's Microsoft account for all information about Tasha. From messages, calendar notes, to photos in OneDrive.

The end result is absolutely amazing. Copilot was able to create a complex presentation celebrating Tasha's high school graduation.

After the presentation has been generated, the user can easily edit each slide created by Microsoft Copilot in PowerPoint. Changes can be made either manually or through other prompts, still using artificial intelligence for replacing and editing texts, images, videos, or transition effects.

Edit PowerPoint Presentation with Microsoft Copilot
Edit PowerPoint Presentation with Microsoft Copilot

For this presentation the execution time was reduced by 90% using Microsoft Copilot for Microsoft 365.

Related: How do you use Windows Copilot for Windows 11

How can Microsoft Copilot be utilized at the organizational (Business) level?

Another sphere in which Copilot can activate, in addition to the individual one, is at the organizational level.

Through Business Chat, Microsoft Copilot will help not only with individual productivity, but also within the organization, thus truly becoming part of the team. Through Business Chat, Microsoft Copilot can transcribe a meeting or business meeting, analyze the opinions, ideas and wishes of each participant, and at the end make summaries and offer solutions.

In conclusion, Microsoft Copilot integration for Microsoft 365 will fundamentally change the way you work with applications Excel, Words, PowerPoint and how tasks are organized within organizations. Like it or not, this is the future of technology, and the real winners will be those who learn to work as effectively as possible with artificial intelligence (AI).

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