Microsoft enables Copilot Pro usage on various Office apps and introduces enterprise subscriptions for small businesses

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Microsoft is expanding access to advanced features of its Copilot AI assistant by launching a premium version for consumers. The move aims to cater to creators, researchers, programmers, and other users, providing quicker access to the latest capabilities of Copilot in response to demand from Microsoft 365 customers.

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The Copilot Pro subscription integrates the AI assistant into various Micro soft apps, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and OneNote. To access this service, users must subscribe to Microsoft 365 Personal or Family.

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Additionally, the subscription offers priority access to the latest AI models, including OpenAI’s GPT-4 Turbo. Micro soft had previously announced plans to incorporate OpenAI offerings into Copilot.

Taking inspiration from OpenAI’s approach to custom AI creation, the new Co pilot Pro enables users to build their customized version of Copilot GPT tailored to specific use cases.

The company is also expanding Copilot for Micro soft 365 to businesses of all sizes. While this service became generally available for enterprises in November 2023, it is now being extended to smaller businesses.

The company is removing the 300-seat purchase minimum for commercial plans and making Copilot available for Office 365 E3 and E5 customers.

Yusuf Mehdi, Executive VP and Consumer CMO of the company highlighted that these updates are designed to provide more options for different customer needs.

The offerings include a free Copilot experience, the enhanced Pro subscription priced at $20 per month per user, and an enterprise option for businesses at $30 per person per month.

The company’s strategic shift towards bringing AI to consumers and businesses aligns with its significant investments, including a £2.5 billion investment in the UK over the next three years to expand its AI data center and research footprint.

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