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Microsoft Copilot General Availability Announced

December 4th, 2023

Last month we followed the story on Bing Chat and Bing Chat Enterprise becoming Copilot and today Microsoft has announced that Copilot is now generally available and no longer in preview. This will allow more users to access Copilot features and begin exploring up to date information with cited sources in GPT-4.

How Do I Know if I am Eligible for Copilot?

Copilot provides commercial data protection without any extra charges for users who sign in with their eligible Microsoft 365 licenses associated with their work accounts. To be eligible for Microsoft Copilot, you need to meet the following requirements:

  1. Microsoft 365 Apps for enterprise: These must be deployed. If your organization uses Microsoft 365 E3 or E5 today, then you likely already meet most of these prerequisites.
  2. Microsoft Entra ID: Users must have Microsoft Entra ID (formerly Azure Active Directory) accounts.
  3. Microsoft OneDrive: Some features in Microsoft Copilot for Microsoft 365, such as file restore and OneDrive management, require that users have a OneDrive account.
  4. Microsoft Outlook: Microsoft Copilot for Microsoft 365 works with the new Outlook (for Windows and Mac), which are currently in preview.
  5. Microsoft Teams: Copilot in Teams is available on Windows, Mac, web, Android, and iOS.
  6. Microsoft Loop: To use Microsoft Copilot for Microsoft 365 with Microsoft Loop, you must have Loop enabled for your tenant.
  7. Microsoft Whiteboard: To use Microsoft Copilot for Microsoft 365 with Microsoft Whiteboard, you must have Whiteboard enabled for your tenant.
  8. License requirements: Microsoft Copilot for Microsoft 365 users require a license for Microsoft 365 E3 or Microsoft 365 E5, and a license for Microsoft Copilot for Microsoft 365.

Please note that small businesses with Microsoft 365 Business or Business Premium licenses will also be eligible to access Microsoft 365 Copilot. The current list of eligible licenses includes Microsoft 365 E3, E5, Microsoft 365 A3, A5 (faculty exclusive), Microsoft 365 F3, Business Standard, and Business Premium. Upon signing in with an eligible work or school account (Microsoft Entra ID), users are granted commercial data protection at no extra expense. This entails that prompts and responses are not stored, Microsoft does not monitor access, and the data is not utilized for training the underlying large language model (LLM).

How to Start Using Copilot Today

If your organization has policies prohibiting the use of preview products, the general availability of Copilot provides an opportunity to introduce it within your organization. If your organization wants to begin using Copilot with commercial data protection, here are the steps you can take:

  • Administrators should ensure that Copilot is enabled for their company and refer to the documentation at aka.ms/Copilot/Docs for additional resources. With Copilot now generally available, administrators seeking to expand its accessibility to more users can assign a Copilot service plan.
  • To assist users who are new to AI in building confidence and knowledge about AI-powered chat, download the adoption kit at aka.ms/Copilot/StarterKit.
  • Encourage users to explore Copilot firsthand by visiting copilot.microsoft.com.

As mentioned above the recent updates to Bing Chat and Bing Chat Enterprise are also now available today and customers will gradually receive an updated and renamed user interface for Copilot with commercial data protection on various endpoints. Harness the power of Copilot today for assistance in handling everyday tasks like composing emails, summarizing PDFs and articles, generating images with DALL-E 3, acquiring new skills, and obtaining answers to complex questions.

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