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Microsoft Word, Powerpoint and Excel get ChatGPT-like AI-powered features: Everything you need to know

Microsoft has announced Copilot, which will integrate ChatGPT-like AI features into its popular and widely used applications including Word, Powerpoint, Excel and more.

By Ankita Chakravarti: Days after Google announced AI-powered features for its Docs, Sheets and other applications, Microsoft announced the launch of Microsoft 365 Copilot, which integrates artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities into its popular and widely used applications, including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, and Teams. The ChatGPT-like AI features will make it simpler for users to work on the applications. Users can work more efficiently and effectively by using data in the Microsoft Graph, which includes calendars, emails, chats, documents, meetings, and more to provide a comprehensive output.

Talking about the new launch, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said in a blog, “Today marks the next major step in the evolution of how we interact with computing, which will fundamentally change the way we work and unlock a new wave of productivity growth.
With our new copilot for work, we’re giving people more agency and making technology more accessible through the most universal interface — natural language.”

Microsoft said in a blog post that it is currently testing Microsoft 365 Copilot with 20 customers, including eight in Fortune 500 enterprises. The company plans to expand the previews to customers more broadly in the coming months.

So, what does it mean for users? In simple terms, Microsoft’s new AI integration will make applications like Word and PowerPoint extremely efficient for users.

Microsoft says your Word will never be a blank slate ever again. That is because the Copilot will give you a first draft to edit and iterate on, which help in saving hours in writing, sourcing, and editing time. You can simply share your idea with Word and Copilot can shorten it, rewrite it and give feedback. “You’re always in control as the author, driving your unique ideas forward, prompting Copilot to shorten, rewrite or give feedback,” the blog read.In Excel, Copilot will help users analyze trends and create professional-looking data visualizations in seconds.

In Powerpoint, you will simply have to present your ideas and the Copilot will be ready with a presentation .”Copilot in PowerPoint helps you create beautiful presentations with a simple prompt, adding relevant content from a document you made last week or last year,” the blog read.

In Outlook, Copilot will help clear out your inbox in minutes. Earlier, the process used to take hours, but now things will be quicker.

In Teams, the Copilot will replace the person who records the minutes of the meeting. You will also no longer have to carry a notebook to the meeting room with you, as Copilot will help you summarize key discussion points — including who said what and where people are aligned and where they disagree — and suggest action items, all in real time during a meeting.

As far as security and privacy is concerned, Microsoft has assured users that it is committed to data security and privacy in the enterprise. The launch of Microsoft 365 Copilot comes just days after Google announced that it is bringing AI features to Gmail, Docs, and other Workspace apps. With the integration of AI capabilities in productivity suites, users can expect to see increased productivity, efficiency, and effectiveness in their work.

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