Microsoft releases Copilot, an AI-powered office suite, in a highly competitive marketplace with Google

Microsoft Corp. claimed about its most recent plans to put artificial intelligence (AI) into the hands of more users on Thursday in response to a flurry of announcements this week by its rival Google. Moreover, Microsoft unveiled improvements to its well-known office suite. The technology company showcased a new AI “Co-pilot” function with its Microsoft 365 product package, which includes Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, PowerPoint presentations, and Outlook emails. Microsoft claims that these apps, which are initially being tested by approximately 20 firms, would benefit from AI. This will expedite content creation and free up time for the workforce.

The Redmond, Washington-based firm demonstrated a new “business chat” experience that can collect data and execute activities across apps in response to a user’s textual demand, outperforming competitors through investments in OpenAI, the company that created ChatGPT.

According to Microsoft, AI can make spreadsheet software’s numerical prowess—previously the exclusive preserve of professional analysts—available to anybody who can specify a desired calculation in plain text. Microsoft claimed its Co-pilot can summarise virtual meetings as they occur in its Teams collaboration platform, similar to the live notes that Google demonstrated to reporters this week.