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Microsoft Announces Bing Chat and Bing Chat Enterprise are becoming Copilot

November 15th, 2023

Microsoft is streamlining it’s user interactions and enhancing overall accessibility for all of its users through Copilot, beginning with Bing. Today Bing Chat and Bing Chat Enterprise will be Copilot, with the implementation of commercial data protection for eligible users signed in with Microsoft Entra ID. Microsoft has stated their long-term goal is to extend Copilot’s availability to all Entra ID users at no extra charge. This means that whenever an employee signs into Copilot with their work account, they will benefit from commercial data protection, ensuring a secure and protected environment.

With the expansion of how users access Copilot Microsoft has introduced https://copilot.microsoft.com/ today, which provides a dedicated chat experience, while Bing.com will continue to be available for those wanting a combined search and chat experience.

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Inclusion of OpenAI GPTs in Copilot

To enhance the capabilities, flexibility, and creativity of Copilot, Microsoft has also announced support for OpenAI GPTs. These GPTs offer a method for individuals to customize Copilot for specific tasks. When combined with the previously introduced support for OpenAI schema plugins, the integration of GPTs and plugins creates a fresh avenue for developers, ensuring users receive tailored experiences and interactions that cater to their unique requirements.

Copilot is expected to become generally available on December 1st of this year and with the following licenses, and eligibility begins for Microsoft 365 F3 for frontline workers. Microsoft indicated intentions to include additional Entra users over time:

  • Microsoft 365 E3, E5
  • Microsoft 365 F3 (coming soon)
  • Microsoft 365 A3, A5 (Faculty only)
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Microsoft Edge for Business Focused on Security of Sensitive Content Accessed via Copilot

Keeping your company’s information safe is now a major factor with AI, and Microsoft Edge for Business is updating to reflect this. Microsoft’s secure enterprise browser is specially designed for artificial intelligence, making it a key tool for protecting sensitive data. With built-in commercial data protection in Copilot, Edge for Business goes a step further by enforcing document and website sensitivity labels through Microsoft Purview data loss prevention (DLP). This feature prevents Copilot from accessing sensitive content for page summarization.

This means Copilot can only access company data if the IT admin explicitly allows employees to copy and paste the content or if they’re using Copilot within Edge for Business. For instance, if a website isn’t marked as sensitive, Copilot can freely access and summarize its content. However, it’s restricted from viewing, scraping, or summarizing content from pages open in Edge for Business that have sensitivity labels enforced by Microsoft Purview DLP. Be sure to work with an experienced web developer to ensure an extra layer of protection for your company’s sensitive information.

Microsoft Copilot Plugins in Preview

Microsoft introduced plugin support for Microsoft Copilot earlier this year, aiming to enhance its capabilities and creative ability. These plugins, built on the OpenAI schema, can seamlessly operate across various platforms like OpenAI ChatGPT, Copilot, Bing, Edge, Windows, and Microsoft 365 apps. This makes it simpler for developers to broaden their applications. Developers will have the opportunity to share their plugins for Copilot through Microsoft Partner Center soon. This means they can potentially reach millions of users on both desktop and mobile devices.

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