Microsoft invites 600 enterprises to Copilot early access programme

Microsoft invites 600 enterprises to Copilot early access programme

Jon Han

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New capabilities are also being added to Microsoft Teams, PowerPoint, Outlook and more 

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Microsoft is expanding preview access to the Microsoft 365 Copilot artificial intelligence assistant by inviting 600 enterprise customers to participate in an Early Access Program. 

“This new generation of AI will remove the drudgery of work and unleash creativity,” said Satya Nadella, chairman and CEO of Microsoft. “There’s an enormous opportunity for AI-powered tools to help alleviate digital debt, build AI aptitude and empower employees.” 

New capabilities are being added to Copilot, including Copilot in Whiteboard for Microsoft Teams; an integration of Dall-E, the image generator from OpenAI, in PowerPoint, and integrations of Copilot in Outlook, OneNote and Viva Learning. 

Microsoft has also shared insights from its 2023 Work Trend Index report: Will AI Fix Work? The report highlights that next-generation AI has the potential to lift the weight of work, and presents three key insights for business leaders to consider: digital debt is costing us innovation, there’s a new AI-employee alliance, and every employee needs AI aptitude.  

“The pace and volume of work have increased exponentially and are outpacing humans’ ability to keep up,” said Jared Spataro, corporate vice president of modern work and business applications. “Next-generation AI will lift the weight of work and free us all to focus on the work that matters.” 

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