Microsoft brings Copilot to small companies, launches Copilot Professional

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella speaks on the CES convention in Las Vegas on Jan. 9, 2024.

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Microsoft stated on Tuesday that small companies can now subscribe to its Copilot digital assistant within the firm’s productiveness apps. And customers who pay for the Microsoft 365 software program can join a brand new paid model of Copilot.

The updates will assist Microsoft expose extra of its clients to generative synthetic intelligence, a expertise startup OpenAI’s ChatGPT chatbot popularized final 12 months that may compose natural-sounding textual content with an individual’s temporary written command. Increasing entry would possibly assist the corporate begin to cowl the prices of constructing knowledge middle infrastructure that allows AI.

Traders have been betting on Microsoft to capitalize on generative AI demand in working techniques, cloud, productiveness, internet search and safety, even because it faces competitors from the likes of Amazon and Google. Final week Microsoft reclaimed from Apple the title of most precious publicly traded firm.

Satya Nadella, Microsoft’s CEO, has been conveying currently that AI lies on the middle of the software program maker’s identification. “Our vision is pretty straightforward. We are the Copilot company,” Nadella stated at Microsoft’s Ignite convention in Seattle in November.

Microsoft began providing Copilot for Microsoft 365 — drawing on OpenAI’s giant language fashions — to giant firms in November and to school and employees at academic establishments in December. For them, the add-on prices $30 per particular person per 30 days on high of current subscription prices.

Now, small companies that pay for Microsoft 365 Enterprise Premium and Enterprise Normal can join as much as 299 licenses at $30 per particular person per 30 days, Yusuf Mehdi, Microsoft’s head of Home windows and Floor, wrote in a weblog put up.

Moreover, he wrote, Microsoft is eliminating the 300-seat minimal for industrial plans that has been in place since November, and it’ll allow Copilot’s use for these with Workplace 365 E3 or E5, which value lower than full Microsoft 365 subscriptions.

People who’ve wished to make use of the Copilot have been capable of entry it freed from cost in quite a lot of methods, together with within the Bing search engine and at However those that pay for Microsoft 365 Private and Household subscriptions have not been ready to make use of it in Phrase, Excel, Outlook and different apps. That is altering. As of Tuesday, individuals can join the brand new Copilot Professional add-on for $20 per particular person every month.

These with Copilot Professional obtain “priority access to the very latest models — starting today with OpenAI’s GPT-4 Turbo,” Mehdi wrote.

They’ll be capable to use the cutting-edge mannequin in the course of the busiest instances, swap between fashions and design customized chatbots utilizing a forthcoming software known as Copilot GPT Builder.

“Whether you need advanced help with writing, coding, designing, researching or learning, Copilot Pro brings greater performance, productivity and creativity,” Mehdi wrote.

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