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Copilot Pro vs ChatGPT Plus – what’s the difference, and which is better for you?

What's the difference between these premium subscriptions?
Last Updated on February 2, 2024
The difference between Copilot Pro and ChatGPT Plus premium AI chatbot subscriptions.
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What’s the difference between Copilot Pro vs ChatGPT Plus? What features do you get for $20/month? Which AI bot is more worth your money? We compare the premium subscription plan for two of the world’s most popular AI chatbots – Microsoft Copilot vs OpenAI ChatGPT.

Copilot Pro vs ChatGPT Plus compared

Microsoft’s Copilot Pro and OpenAI’s ChatGPT Plus subscriptions are similar in that they are both the most affordable paid tier of their respective chatbots.

Both options also allow the AI image creation with DALL-E 3. The official Copilot Pro sales landing page advertises that you can generate “in landscape format even faster with 100 boosts per day with Designer (formerly Bing Image Creator)”. Despite this, ChatGPT can also generate landscape images with DALL-E 3.

Copilot Pro vs ChatGPT pricing

They also both cost the same amount for a subscriber — $20/month. To be fair, Copilot has separate pricing for UK users, specifically £19/month, which translates to approx. $24/month. This means that the Copilot subscription service is more expensive than ChatGPT for UK users.

Copilot Plus vs ChatGPT Plus AI chatbot features

A premium subscription to either AI assistant will afford you “priority access to GPT-4 and GPT-4 Turbo during peak times”. This means “accelerated performance to generate answers, content, and AI images even faster”. Those eagle-eyed amongst you will recognize that both AI chatbots use the same LLM. (large language models). So with both options processing your queries the same way, with the same tech, the difference must lie in the features list.

The main feature that the premium version of Copilot Pro has that ChatGPT Plus doesn’t is integration with Microsoft 365 Office and Microsoft apps. With Copilot Pro, you can access “selected Microsoft 365 apps (Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and OneNote,) to draft documents, summarise emails, create presentations”, and more!

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Verdict – Is Bing Copilot as good as ChatGPT?

The service provided by any two AI chatbots will be similar in that you can chat with your computer in natural human language, and expect a more intelligent response than from other computer systems.

When we say intelligent, we mean that an AI chatbot will infer meaning from your text prompt, even when it was not explicitly stated. As humans, we are used to communicating with a certain level of implied meaning. This varies based on culture, neurodivergence, and other factors; The point is that we often have to adapt our communication style when asking a computer to do something because they’re completely literal. This is not the case with AI chatbots, which are capable of natural language processing (NLP).

This is where the similarities end, however.

What’s the difference between Copilot and ChatGPT?

Microsoft Copilot and OpenAI ChatGPT have some clear differences off the bat.

OpenAI ChatGPT GUI
OpenAI ChatGPT GUI

ChatGPT presents the user with unique features, a very simple GUI, limited to the OpenAI logo, the model in use (GPT-4 being the default for ChatGPT Plus users), a few use case suggestions for new users, and the prompt window.

Microsoft Copilot GUI
Microsoft Copilot GUI

By comparison, the colorful Copilot GUI presents six use case suggestions, a suggestion to “supercharge your AI experience with Copilot Pro”, and a “conversation style” above the prompt window, which you won’t find in ChatGPT. This conversational style selector will change the tone of the writing, regardless of what you type as your prompt. In ChatGPT, the tone of your response is entirely dependent on your prompt. This is not necessarily a good or bad thing, but it is a potential consideration.

Steve is an AI Content Writer for PC Guide, writing about all things artificial intelligence. He currently leads the AI reviews on the website.

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