Microsoft 365 Copilot release date speculation – when will it get a wider release?

The latest on Microsoft's new suite of AI enabled applications

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On March 16, Microsoft unveiled their brand-spanking new AI-powered apps. Those eager to get started on the platform may be wondering, when is the Microsoft 365 Copilot release date.

In recent news, Microsoft has released a 365 Copilot Early Access Program which grants a few users exclusive access to the new Office applications. This program is invitation-only and Microsoft has already started rolling out the first set of invites to 600 customers globally.

Unfortunately, there is no confirmed date for the wider release of Copilot. In Microsoft’s blog post, they revealed that twenty of their clients currently have access to the new apps. If all goes well, they will then have plans to roll it out in the next “coming months”.

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On Friday, March 31st, some aspects of the platform were revealed by Windows Central. While we still don’t have a clear picture of when the release date will be, the reported preview of Microsoft 365 Copilot suggests it’s certainly on the road to release. Nothing is confirmed just yet, but once updates are released, we will be sure to let you know.

What is Copilot?

Microsoft’s new AI Copilot includes the greatest aspects of AI technology. The new addition will become your own digital personal assistant.

Powered by OpenAI’s GPT-4 model, the new AI tool will be embedded in all of Microsoft’s applications, including Word, Excel and so much more.

Essentially, it will enable you to automate a variety of tasks, cleverly using your business’s data and files. For example, Copilot can generate actionable tasks in real-time during a Teams meeting. It can even help you find insights and analyze trends in Excel – pretty phenomenal really!

Microsoft Copilot features

The updated Microsoft 365 will have a bunch of brand-new capabilities. An interesting feature that has just been announced is OpenAI’s DALL-E integration with Powerpoint. This means that users will now be able to prompt Copilot to create custom AI images to accompany their presentation slides.

We will also see a new service called Viva Learning. This application will feature a natural language interface that will enable users to build a tailored learning journey and upskilling path. It will be able to help you discover new learning resources and find time to complete new training exercises.

Moreover, if you’re a frequent user of Outlook, you’ll be happy to hear that Copilot will help you write more effective emails. The AI will be able to suggest changes to improve clarity, sentiment and tone as well as provide a few coaching tips to improve your communications.

Is Microsoft Copilot available now?

In short, no it isn’t. Microsoft has opened up a Microsoft 365 preview to only a small selection of clients. The tech giant does have plans to release the full application in the next “coming months”. So, expect the Microsoft 365 Copilot release date, sometime this summer.

With the newly revealed preview of functionality, and the platform being seen in action by some, we await an official update from Microsoft itself.

Is Microsoft Copilot free?

In a blog post, Microsoft revealed that the “specifics on pricing and licensing will be shared soon”. So, it is unclear whether or not they will charge extra for the new Copilot feature.

At the moment, the only way you can access Microsoft 365 for free is by creating a personal account so you can access their apps on the web. Otherwise, you have to sign up for one of Microsoft’s subscription plans.

It is not completely clear if every Microsoft 365 user will have access to Copilot. So, this will be something to look out for in the next update.