Microsoft has confirmed the integration of its artificial intelligence tool, Copilot, into Microsoft Stream with a scheduled availability set for February 2024. As stated in the latest Microsoft 365 Roadmap, Stream is positioned to benefit significantly from the AI tool's capabilities. Copilot aims to streamline video content management by enabling automatic trimming and arranging of videos following edits. This automation will extend to the organization of transcripted cuts, with this particular enhancement anticipated to debut on the platform before the year's end.
Productivity Advancements with Copilot
Copilot features in Microsoft Stream are designed to simplify the search for information within an organization's video content. Utilizing natural language queries, the tool will be adept at summarizing videos, pinpointing specific sections where people, teams, or topics are mentioned, and identifying key actions and involvement opportunities.
This will remarkably reduce the time employees spend on finding and digesting video content. Moreover, the AI tool is tipped to share similarities with Microsoft Teams' ‘Intelligent Recap' function that already offers users a digest of critical points from meetings.
If you're unfamiliar with Microsoft Stream, it's a video streaming service that is geared toward businesses and enterprise customers. Available in Office 365, the tool has been free to Microsoft 365 customers since launching in 2016.
Licensing and Availability
Access to these advanced features will be exclusive to holders of a Copilot for Microsoft 365 license. The introduction of Copilot across multiple applications in the suite, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneDrive, marks Microsoft's commitment to integrating AI across its product ecosystem. This initiative is a testament to Microsoft's strategy of leveraging AI to augment productivity tools, echoing how AI-powered features like Intelligent Recap have already begun to improve user experiences within Teams.
Last month, the company announced Microsoft Copilot, a unified AI platform comprising Bing Chat, Microsoft 365 Copilot, and Windows Copilot. Additionally, Microsoft 365 Copilot is now known as Copilot for Microsoft 365 and has been improved with new customization features, like the ability to choose between bullet points and paragraph forms for conveying information, and data visualization options.