Microsoft 365 Copilot

As both a LSP and CSP partner, Ultima were chosen to be part of
Microsoft’s Early Access Program (EAP) and have been using Copilot
and working closely with Microsoft on our range of Adoption services
to help you get started fast.

What is Microsoft 365 Copilot?

Microsoft’s M365 Copilot, Microsoft’s AI companion for the M365 productivity suite, seamlessly integrates across Microsoft’s various applications and experiences, including Microsoft 365, Windows 11, Edge, and Bing. Copilot provides users with AI assistance in numerous aspects of their work within Microsoft applications.

When using Microsoft 365, applications such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Teams will incorporate Copilot to enhance productivity. This includes tasks like generating text and tables in Word, summarising emails in Outlook, and creating Python visualisations in Excel.

If you’d like to see more specific examples of the functionality there’s a range of videos showing M365 Copilot working in individual applications on Microsoft’s general availability announcement blog here.

Microsoft 365 Copilot Available For All

Microsoft M365 Copilot is now available through general release.

Microsoft’s M365 Copilot, Microsoft’s AI companion for the M365 productivity suite, seamlessly integrates across Microsoft’s various applications and experiences, including Microsoft 365, Windows 11, Edge, and Bing. Copilot provides users with AI assistance in numerous aspects of their work within Microsoft applications.

When using Microsoft 365, applications such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Teams will incorporate Copilot to enhance productivity. This includes tasks like generating text and tables in Word, summarising emails in Outlook, and creating Python visualisations in Excel.

If you’d like to see more specific examples of the functionality there’s a range of videos showing M365 Copilot working in individual applications on Microsoft’s general availability announcement blog here.

What versions of Microsoft Copilot are available?

It’s important to emphasise that, whilst M365 Copilot is very much capturing the limelight, this is just one of a range of Copilots Microsoft is introducing across its extensive portfolio. Fundamentally these all align with one wider goal: to empower users with Natural Language Recognition, reducing or even removing mundane work whilst also mitigating the dependency on extensive skilling these products require to fully utilise their extensive capabilities.

Today these broadly fall into 6 categories (Microsoft have teased there’s more in the works), we’ll look at these a little closer below.

Microsoft Copilot for Web

Employees aim to enhance workplace creativity and productivity using AI tools, as indicated by Microsoft’s Work Trend Index, with 70% willing to delegate tasks to AI. Yet, non-enterprise AI tools pose a risk to sensitive business data, necessitating enhanced data security as businesses adopt AI. Bing Chat Enterprise provides AI-enhanced chat for work, fortified with robust commercial data protection. It safeguards user and business data, ensuring it stays within the organization, preserving the confidentiality of both incoming and outgoing information. Learn more about Bing Chat Enterprise.

Copilots for Productivity (M365 Copilot)

Copilot is integrated into Microsoft 365 in two ways. It works alongside the user, integrated into the Microsoft 365 applications you use daily (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Teams…) to increase productivity, access to data, and, in short, expand the user’s knowledge. Learn more about the features that add to the Microsoft 365 package with Copilot.

Microsoft Copilot for Business (Dynamics Copilot)

Business applications such as CRM and ERP are essential for managing customer and operational data, but they often require tedious tasks like manual data entry, content generation, and note-taking. Dynamics Copilot leverages generative AI to automate many of these tasks. It also enables normal users to use natural language to describe what they need, with Copilot then generating and inserting working code or queries in the Dynamics 365 grid for them. Dynamics is a broad tool, with many dedicated applications built on top of it (Dynamics for Sales, Dynamics for Customer Service, Dynamics for Supply Chain Management etc.). Copilot is expected to integrate with all of the, providing AI-powered assistance across business functions. Learn more about Microsoft Copilot for Business.

Microsoft Copilot for Analytics (Fabric Copilot)

Microsoft have introduced Copilot for Fabric through Microsoft Power BI. Fabric is a holistic, user-centric analytics solution that consolidates an organisations data and analytics into a unified platform, merging the strengths of Microsoft Power BI, Azure Synapse, and Azure Data Factory into a single SaaS offering. This enables smooth collaboration among data professionals, including engineers, warehousing experts, scientists, analysts, and business users, promoting a cohesive data culture company-wide. Learn more about Microsoft Copilot for Analytics.

Microsoft Copilot for Security (Security Copilot)

Microsoft Security Copilot is an AI-powered security analysis tool that enables analysts to respond to threats quickly, process signals at machine speed, and assess risk exposure in minutes. Learn more about Microsoft Copilot for Security.

Microsoft Copilot for Development (GitHub Copilot)

GitHub Copilot, driven by OpenAI’s Codex AI system, is an AI partner for programmers that integrates with Visual Studio Code. GitHub Copilot expedites coding tasks by comprehending and contextualising the code you’re currently engaged with, offering suggestions that range from entire lines to complete functions. Learn more about GitHub Copilot.

Microsoft Copilot: Pricing

Before enabling Microsoft Copilot across your tools and apps, it’s essential to procure a license, contrary to earlier assumptions of it being a free service.

In July, Microsoft disclosed the official pricing, which stands at $30 per user per month, alongside your existing Microsoft subscription, like Business Standard, Premium, E3, or E5.

Adopting Microsoft Copilot

An adoption strategy extends beyond providing guidance; it serves as a pivotal directive for organisations, helping them fully realise the potential of their technology investments. We work closely with our customers to intricately craft a tailored adoption blueprint that seamlessly aligns with your unique business goals.

We function as the bridge between technology and its effective utilisation, ensuring your teams are well-prepared and empowered to optimise productivity and nurture innovation. With Ultima, our emphasis isn’t on pushing products but on sparking transformation, propelling your organisation into a future where technology transitions from a simple tool to a central strategic asset.

Microsoft Copilot Readiness Assessment:

Ultima has put together a set of services to ensure our customers maximise their investment in Copilot starting with our free assessment service which includes the following benefits:

• Gain an independent view of how ready your organisation is to adopt Microsoft 365 Copilot
• Learn how to go about identifying AI Opportunities within your business
• Learn how and why you need to consider controlling the Input to Copilot
• Learn the end-to-end considerations and processes for adopting Microsoft 365 Copilot

Our 4-step assessment service is designed to give you the clarity you need to start your journey with Microsoft 365. To get started, read our datasheet below:

This is also available through the Microsoft Marketplace.

Our Microsoft Relationship

We’ve been a Microsoft partner for over 32 years and hold all six key Microsoft Partner Designations across Security, Modern Work and Azure (which includes Infrastructure, Data & AI, Digital & App Innovation and Modernise Endpoints).

We have also been awarded Advanced Specialisations in Calling for Microsoft Teams, Windows Virtual Desktop and Infra and Database Migration. As a FastTrack Ready Partner, Ultima can help you deploy Microsoft 365 at no additional cost and provide you with more efficient, customised, and enhanced solutions with extended support capabilities.

As a Microsoft SI, LSP and ESA, our customers can leverage both technical and software licensing expertise from one partner.

UiQ LIVE: Copilot Conversations – Gain or Pain

Seeking insights into the future of Microsoft Copilot? Join us for an immersive experience as we
showcase our biggest Copilot event yet. 11am-12pm Tuesday 19th March, 2024

Event Agenda:

  • Welcome and the market for Generative AI with Ultima CEO, Scott Dodds.
  • Customer insights with Microsoft UK Copilot GTM Lead, Tatiana Arventi.
  • What is Copilot? with Technical Presales Director, Matt Hudson.
  • Real-world ‘How do I’ demo Session with Workspace Solutions Specialist, Volkan Bilgic
  • The future roadmap of Copilot with Head of Licensing, Ian Gerrard.

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