Microsoft has unveiled its latest offering for businesses by making the Copilot for Microsoft 365 service available to Windows desktop users. The company has provided a significant update to its Copilot functionality, integrating a new ‘Work and Web' toggle within the Copilot sidebar for seamless operation.
Data Protection Prioritized
The new addition emphasizes data protection. Users of Copilot in Windows can select from three distinct chat provider platforms: Microsoft Copilot, Copilot with commercial data protection, or Copilot with Graph-grounded chat. Business and education customers will particularly benefit from Copilot with commercial data protection, included at no extra cost, promising enhanced data security without saving chat interactions for training purposes.
Content Creation and Query Resolution
With activation of the Work toggle, users gain access to Graph-grounded chat. Microsoft notes that this service provides for drafting content and resolving inquiries directly within the Office environment. The content and answers draw from the user's Microsoft Graph data, which includes documents, emails, calendar entries, chats, meetings, and contacts, ensuring a high degree of relevance and personalization for the user's workflow.
The update is targeted at subscribers to Copilot for Microsoft 365, requiring an additional fee of $30 per month, per person. Additionally, Microsoft introduced Copilot Pro for individual users back in January, equipped with advanced generative AI capabilities and available at $20 per person, per month.
Microsoft's commitment to integrating advanced AI with user productivity tools within Microsoft 365 makes it a considerable addition to business and individual workflows, promising enhanced efficiency and security with superior data management within the Windows desktop environment.