Microsoft has announced that the recently announced Microsoft 365 Copilot assistant will be integrated into OneNote, its popular note-taking app. Copilot is an AI-powered assistant that can help users write better notes, summaries, plans, and more.
Copilot was first unveiled last month as a new feature for Microsoft 365 apps like Teams, Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint. It uses GPT-4 natural language processing and machine learning to understand user prompts and generate relevant text. Users can ask Copilot to rewrite, format, or summarize existing text, or to create new content based on their needs.
According to Greg Mace, a product manager for OneNote, Copilot will act as a “notetaking partner” for users. “As your notetaking partner, Copilot uses your prompts to draft plans, generate ideas, create lists, organize information, and more,” he said in a blog post.
For example, users can ask Copilot to create a plan for an event or a meeting, and the AI assistant will generate a list of tasks, deadlines, and resources. Users can also ask Copilot to summarize a long article or a lecture into a few bullet points or sentences. The AI can also format notes with headings, tables, lists, and other elements to make them more readable and organized.
How Copilot in OneNote Works
Copilot will be accessible through a sidebar interface in OneNote, where users can type their prompts and see the generated text. Microsoft has not shown how Copilot will work inline on OneNote yet, but it has demonstrated this feature in Word. In that app, users can highlight a paragraph and hover over it to see Copilot's suggestions for rewriting it.
Microsoft has not announced when Copilot land in OneNote for all users. The AI assistant is currently in private preview for some Microsoft 365 enterprise customers who are testing it in specific Office applications. Microsoft says it is testing Copilot extensively before rolling it out more widely.
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