Being a student, it is very necessary to stay updated with what is happening in this world in general, and in the world of Technology. You must have been seeing some news related to Artificial Intelligence, which is taking the world by storm. Applications like ChatGPT, Bard, Claude, Bing Chat, Midjourney, DALL-E, etc. have already taken the world by storm, and many applications are changing the way we live and work.
In such a time, there can be a lot of fear around the students, and many professionals, about AI replacing their jobs. But you clearly need to understand that this is a big shift that is taking place, and many key companies are playing big roles in taking this ahead.
What is Microsoft Copilot? Full Details…
Microsoft, which is already well known for many of its products, has now brought Copilot, which is your AI companion into your workflow. In this article, we are going to understand Microsoft Copilot, and also we will see how can you use Copilot.
What is Artificial Intelligence?
First of all, for someone who is not even familiar with the term Artificial Intelligence, or AI, let’s quickly explain what is AI, and then we will move ahead to explain what is Copilot.
So, Artificial Intelligence can be understood as a field, in which we are creating machines, which can perform tasks that require Human Intelligence, like playing chess, driving cars, etc.
AI has been there around for years, and it has been advancing at a massive level, with new related technologies disrupting many industries, and solving many problems. If you have a fear that AI may take your job or work, the thing is that it’s not AI, but someone who’s using AI, will take your job, or work. So, it becomes important for us to learn about Artificial Intelligence, because it is also said to bring a lot of opportunities.
What is Copilot?
In the news and the discussions about AI happening around, you might have at least heard about Copilot, or Microsoft Copilot, which is said to be your AI companion in your Workflow.
Well, in simple language, you can understand Microsoft Copilot as your Everyday AI companion. It is supposed to be integrated with several Microsoft products, like Windows 11, Microsoft 365, Bing, and Microsoft Edge as well. How you would use it, depends on the product that you are using.
If you are familiar with tools like ChatGPT, or especially Bing Chat, Windows Copilot should not be so new for you. Bing Chat can already do a lot of things, including providing you with real-time information, generating images, generating some content, providing you with ideas, brainstorming, and much much more.
Now, with Windows Copilot in your system, it can help you with enhanced productivity and creativity. Later on, we will see what copilot on Windows can do for you, but you need to understand that these AI tools are just going to be advancing, and in the coming time, we might see some more groundbreaking features from these AI tools.
How to get Windows Copilot?
Copilot has been integrated into several Microsoft Products, like Windows 11, Microsoft 365, Microsoft Edge, and more. If you have been using the Windows 11 Operating System, you might have got the Copilot Integrated into Windows through an update. If you haven’t got it yet, you would need to update your Windows, and you should get the Copilot in your Windows.
Note: If you are using any other Windows Operating System, and not Windows 11, you are missing something very interesting, and revolutionary.
Windows 11 can be considered the best version of Windows Operating System ever, and it is getting some groundbreaking updates. If you haven’t upgraded already, and want to upgrade now, you can perform the update from the update tool in Windows, or even you can download it from the official Microsoft website, with some terms and conditions applied.
How to use Windows Copilot?
After listening so much about the Copilot in the news, and in the media, you might want to really give it a try, to see the magic it makes or the beginning of the revolution that it brings with it. So now, let’s have a look at how can you try Windows Copilot.
The thing is that the early version of Windows Copilot has been already made available to general users, and here is how you can use it.
If you have the Windows 11 Operating System, you already might have the Copilot integrated into your system, through an update. You can find it on the Taskbar, beside the search box. To access the copilot on Windows, you can click on that option, and the copilot will pop up from the right side of your screen.
Alternatively, you can also use the shortcut key Windows + C, which will do the same thing, which is opening the copilot for you.
If you see the interface and think “Hey… I have seen this interface somewhere before!” I can feel you. This interface looks very similar to Bing Chat. Just the thing is that it can do a lot more than that. Since it is integrated with your Windows 11 Operating System, it can do a lot of things related to your system. So, let’s now dive into what Windows Copilot can do.
What can Copilot do?
The answer to this question is that “It depends on what the platform Copilot is integrated into”. As said earlier, the Copilot is supposed to be integrated into different Microsoft products, like Windows 11, Microsoft 365, Microsoft Edge, and more. So, what the copilot can do really depends on what app it is integrated into.
What can Copilot do in Windows?
As copilot has been integrated into Windows 11, it can do a lot of Windows-specific tasks, along with the general things that AI like ChatGPT and Bing Chat can already do. So, here is a list of some of the tasks that you can carry out on Windows 11, using Copilot on Windows.
- Turn On / Off Bluetooth.
- Turn On / Off Dark Mode
- Turn On / Off Do Not Disturb
- Change your Desktop Background
- Launch some application(like Chrome, WhatsApp, Edge, Settings, etc)
And the list goes on and on. Please understand that the Copilot is going to be developed ahead, it should have more and more features ahead, but at a basic level as well, it can do a lot of tasks, like organizing your Windows, customizing it for you to some extent, and much more. We haven’t even specified the tasks that it can do like Bing Chat.
What can Copilot in Microsoft 365 do?
The Copilot in Microsoft 365, or the Microsoft 365 Copilot, is considered to be the Copilot for your work, while you are working with the Microsoft 365 Applications. It can work with your data, and the intelligence of the web, to help you in doing different tasks.
All this makes it greatly capable of doing things like summarizing your emails, providing you with some relevant information according to your data, drafting documents, writing emails, helping you create presentations, summarizing the meetings for you, analyzing your data from Excel sheets for you, and providing insights, and a lot more than this.
So, we can clearly see Microsoft Copilot, which is integrated into Microsoft 365, can do a lot of things, and honestly, at a disruptive level.
Should we be worried?
The opinions and reactions of different people about AI and the future seem to be very contrasting, many big personalities are calling it a “revolution”, while there are many people who are in denial mode when it comes to AI, saying things like “AI is made by humans, so it cannot be better than us”. It seems that they don’t understand what’s really going on.
I’ve read the blog written by Mr. Bill Gates on his blog GatesNotes, which can be found here. The title says it all “The Age of AI has Begun”, and it says “Artificial intelligence is as revolutionary as mobile phones and the Internet”. These are not my lines, but the lines of Mr. Bill Gates, and I totally agree with this, without any cross-questions or arguments.
Not only Mr. Bill Gates, but many other notable people are talking about, and working on Artificial Intelligence. Artificial Intelligence can be a great tool, which can help humans in a lot of their tasks and can solve many different problems, which might have seemed impossible once. Even what AI is doing today has seemed to be impossible once for many, but today, it’s a reality.
A lot of changes are being brought with great speed in the world through Artificial Intelligence. Not only AI is making our work easy, but it is also solving many problems, which can help humans move ahead, and work on more creative things.
So, what I feel is that instead of spreading fear, or staying in denial mode, despite seeing the advancements that are happening due to AI, we should focus more on learning and implementing AI, because it’s not AI, but a human using AI, who’s going to replace you(at least as of now).
In this article, we tried to have a look at what is Microsoft Copilot, which is considered to be an AI companion, that enhances our productivity and creativity. Copilot can be used in Windows 11, and even in other Microsoft Products, like Microsoft 365, Edge, and more. We also saw what can Copilot do, and it really depends on what product it is integrated with.
With Artificial Intelligence, there are many changes happening in the way we work and live. This is a big shift, which everyone needs to understand and act accordingly because now it’s not going to work if you choose to work traditionally. So, try to learn and implement AI as soon as you can, and you will see the effects.
FAQs related to What is Microsoft Copilot?
Ans: Microsoft Copilot can be considered an AI companion for us, which can enhance our productivity and creativity. It can be used in Windows 11, Microsoft 365, Edge, and more, and can help us with a variety of tasks, in our day-to-day life, and work.
Ans: The answer to this question really depends on what product are you using Copilot. If you are using it in Windows 11, there is no additional cost for using it, but it’s not the same thing with Microsoft 365.
Ans: Copilot on Windows 11 can do a lot of things, along with the general things that Bing Chat can do. For example, it can help you with a lot of Windows-specific tasks, like Turning Dark mode on or off, launching some apps, and much more.
Ans: If you are using Windows 11, there is no additional cost to using Copilot on Windows.