Microsoft is taking strategic steps to bring its Copilot artificial intelligence software to a wider audience, including consumers and small businesses. Initially launched for Microsoft 365 enterprise customers in November, the software is now being made more accessible.
Introducing Copilot Pro, Microsoft offers a subscription service tailored for individuals at $20 per month. This pricing adjustment ensures that individuals can take advantage of Copilot’s capabilities.
Additionally, Microsoft is extending the availability of Copilot for Microsoft 365 to small businesses with fewer than 300 employees. The pricing for these businesses remains at the same $30 per user monthly rate offered to larger customers.
In a blog post announcing the introduction of Copilot Pro, Yusuf Mehdi, Microsoft’s Executive Vice President and Consumer Chief Marketing Officer, highlighted the software’s appeal to power users such as creators, researchers, and programmers. He emphasized their desire for rapid access to the latest features.
The Copilot Pro subscription service grants users access to the software on various devices, including PCs, Macs, and iPads. It seamlessly integrates with popular applications like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and OneNote.
One of the key advantages of the Copilot Pro subscription is exclusive access to the latest large language models. Users will be at the forefront of innovation with priority access to cutting-edge technology, such as OpenAI’s GPT-4 Turbo. These advanced language models have the capacity to handle complex prompts containing up to 300 pages of text.
Microsoft’s dedication to expanding the reach of Copilot demonstrates its commitment to providing individuals and small businesses with powerful AI tools to enhance productivity and efficiency. With its user-friendly interface and comprehensive features, Copilot is poised to revolutionize the way people work and create.
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Expanded Availability for Enterprise Users
Microsoft is expanding the availability of Copilot to more enterprise users. Previously, a license for Microsoft 365 was required. However, now customers with Office 365 E3 and E5 subscription plans will also have access to Copilot, albeit with a slightly more limited set of applications.
Increased Features for Free Copilot Service
In addition to the subscription-based offerings, Microsoft is expanding the features included in its free Copilot service, previously known as Bing Chat. As of Tuesday, the website will offer targeted Copilot versions for various topics such as fitness, cooking, and travel.
Mobile App Availability
To provide even more convenience and accessibility, Microsoft has launched a mobile app for Copilot on both Apple and Android devices. This app offers the same capabilities as the web version, including access to the GPT-4 large language model from Open AI and Dall-E 3 for image creation.
Furthermore, Microsoft is integrating Copilot into the Microsoft 365 mobile app, available for both Apple and Android devices, for users with a Microsoft account.