Jared Spataro, “corporate vice president, modern work & business applications”,* on the Microsoft blog:
Copilot is integrated into Microsoft 365 in two ways. It works
alongside you, embedded in the Microsoft 365 apps you use every
day — Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Teams and more — to
unleash creativity, unlock productivity and uplevel skills. Today
we’re also announcing an entirely new experience: Business Chat.
Business Chat works across the LLM, the Microsoft 365 apps, and
your data — your calendar, emails, chats, documents, meetings and
contacts — to do things you’ve never been able to do before. You
can give it natural language prompts like “Tell my team how we
updated the product strategy,” and it will generate a status
update based on the morning’s meetings, emails and chat threads.
With Copilot, you’re always in control. You decide what to keep,
modify or discard. Now, you can be more creative in Word, more
analytical in Excel, more expressive in PowerPoint, more
productive in Outlook and more collaborative in Teams.
Hard to predict how these AI-powered features are going to play out, but it feels like they’re soon going to be table stakes. An accurate, concise, automatically generated summary of a meeting you missed — that feels undeniably useful.
* What a mouthful of a job title. Why not just “vice president, business applications”? “Corporate” seems unnecessary, and “modern” even more so. Is there a VP for out-of-date business applications too? Someone who’s still in charge of updating the DOS versions of Word and Excel?
★ Thursday, 16 March 2023