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Microsoft Copilot is Now Generally Available to Microsoft 365 Users: Proceed With Caution and a Plan.

Microsoft Copilot for Microsoft 365 is a powerful AI assistant that lives within your familiar Microsoft 365 applications. It's like having a friendly, helpful teammate built right into your productivity tools, ready to assist you with a variety of tasks and enhance your workflow.

Here's a breakdown of what Copilot can do:

Boost your productivity:

  • Create content efficiently: Generate drafts, summarize documents, translate languages, write different kinds of creative text formats like poems and codes.

  • Stay on top of your inbox: Summarize email threads, suggest action items, and even help you draft replies in the right tone.

  • Get answers quickly: Ask Copilot anything about your content or data within your Microsoft 365 environment.

  • Automate repetitive tasks: Use Copilot to automate certain actions within your apps, saving you time and effort.

Improve your collaboration:

  • Have insightful discussions: Copilot can summarize past conversations, identify key points, and even help you prepare meeting agendas.

  • Work seamlessly across teams: Connect with external data sources and colleagues in different systems to streamline collaboration.

  • Share knowledge effectively: Easily capture key takeaways from meetings and collaborate on documents in real-time.

Stay secure and compliant:

  • Built on Microsoft's trusted security infrastructure: Copilot leverages Microsoft's comprehensive security and compliance processes to ensure your data is always protected.

  • Access controlled by existing permissions: Copilot only accesses data you already have access to, respecting your privacy and organisational policies.

Microsoft Copilot is available for purchase for customers with the following SKUs:

  • Microsoft 365 E3

  • Microsoft 365 E5

  • Microsoft 365 Business Standard

  • Microsoft 365 Business Premium

If you are new to Microsoft Copilot then the video below introduces many of its features.

Tip #1 - Consider the Cost

Microsoft Copilot for Microsoft 365 is £24.70 + VAT per user, per month. There is a 12 month commitment as well. £296.40 + VAT per annum is on TOP of your existing 365 licensing which for the cheapest of the above plans, Microsoft Business Standard, is a further £123.60 + VAT per year. Combined costs per user will be at least £420 + VAT per annum. Prices as of 26/01/24.

Tip #2 - Evaluate First

If you want to go forward, the next step is evaluation. OCM suggest a very small number of users selected to give you the best results to evaluate the business use cases and productivity gains for your business.

But even before evaluation, there is work to be done!

You need to prepare your data and 365 enviroment. If you do not you risk the security and compliance of your organisation and risk data leakage within your organisation. You do not want access to data eg HR records in the wrong hands!

This 10 minute video explains more :-

Tip #3 - Your not Going Ahead ?

Remember this is like any new first generation product the features and performance will improve. Generative AI is going to change the way we all work and you will use it. The only question is when and it should be on your radar!

Tip #4 - Your Going Ahead! Then talk to OCM!

You are going to need the best possible help and advice to deploy. The OCM team has completed the Microsoft training on deployment prerequisites. We can also work with you on improving your data structures and data content so that when you start a deployment plan, you have the greatest change of success.

Microsoft Copilot for Microsoft 365 is a huge leap forward!

If you need more information and advice then please do not hesitate to get in touch. We look forward to speaking to you.


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