Microsoft's AI assistant based on artificial intelligence mechanisms – Copilot – turned out to be one of the most significant novelties of 2023. It aroused immense interest among users, which encouraged Microsoft to further invest in Copilot's development. At the beginning of the current year, a series of changes and novelties were announced. Let's take a closer look at these announcements.

Copilot Pro – who is this solution for?

According to the statement released in mid-January, there is a group of advanced users – digital creators, researchers, or programmers – who want faster access to new features of the digital assistant. To meet their needs, Copilot Pro has been introduced. This is a new subscription version for individuals, providing faster access to all updates introduced in the AI assistant. Copilot Pro is expected to provide priority access to the latest models – starting with OpenAI GPT-4 Turbo. The enhanced image creation tool is provided by the Image Creator feature. Another useful feature of Copilot Pro is the Copilot GPT creator, where users can create their own personalized assistants using a simple set of commands.

Copilot for Microsoft 365 available to all and changes in subscriptions

The greatest potential for companies is provided by Copilot available in the Microsoft 365 service (formerly Office 365), the world's most popular suite of office tools. However, since the introduction of the AI assistant, it has only been available to large enterprises – the minimum number of licenses required by Microsoft was as high as 300! Currently, this requirement has been lifted, allowing Copilot access to small and medium-sized enterprises as well. Importantly, Copilot is not available for all Microsoft 365 licenses. Currently required licenses include Microsoft 365 E3 and E5, Business Standard and Business Premium, as well as Office 365 E3 and E5. Copilot is also available for educational plans. Details are described in the article "What's New in Microsoft Business Applications? January 2024".

New features in Copilot

In conjunction with the announcement of the above changes, Microsoft also announced several functional changes to its AI assistant. These include:

  • Copilot GPT – a solution that allows individually tailoring Microsoft Copilot's behavior to topics of particular interest to the user. The first released Copilot GPTs were tailored to topics such as fitness, travel, cooking, and more. Simultaneously, the possibility of creating custom Copilot GPT models using Copilot GPT Builder was announced.
  • Copilot mobile app – available for Android and iOS systems. The Copilot Mobile App contains the same capabilities as Copilot on the computer, including access to GPT-4, Dall-E 3 for creating images, and the ability to use images from the phone during a conversation with Copilot.
  • Copilot in the Microsoft 365 mobile app – Copilot has also been introduced in the Microsoft 365 mobile app for Android and iOS for people with a Microsoft account. This provides direct access to Copilot in the app and allows easy exporting of created content to a Word document or PDF.

The development of the Copilot tool is the best example that the year 2024 will also belong to artificial intelligence. We are confident that Microsoft has not had the last word in this matter, and the capabilities of Copilot will only grow.