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  • Writer's pictureChahat Arora

Microsoft 365 Copilot: Are You Ready for Your Personal AI?

Microsoft announced the forthcoming availability of Microsoft 365 Copilot last week, and it appears to be a game changer.

At the enterprise level, it will help you find anything you need inside or outside the company, and it will eventually learn enough about you and your company to do much of your email, typing, and presentation preparation for you, making you look better in front of your boss and peers. It is, however, in its early stages and only a shadow of what it will become.

Let's look at how Microsoft 365 Copilot will likely evolve as Apple, Google, and others race to match or surpass it.

We'll finish with my Product of the Week, a new Dell laptop.

Microsoft 365 Copilot

$30 for Your Own AI

The announcement appears to have gotten many excited because it will cost you or your company $30 per month per user to obtain this capability. People are upset that Microsoft does not conduct market research prior to pricing moves. So, unless you've been pricing the more limited versions, which tend to be more expensive, the idea of what an AI is worth is that it's too pricey.

What should your personal AI be worth?

According to the studies I've seen, after you learn how to use generative AI and it learns how to work with you, productivity gains range from 30% to 80%, which means you either work a lot or you don't.It is possible to do less or a lot more in a given amount of time.

That should be a simple option for a business. IT professionals are wary of productivity promises because so many have proven to be untrue. However, this bold claim comes from a Wharton Professor who completed the work to calculate the advantages, not from Microsoft.

Assume you earn $60,000 per year. A 30% improvement in productivity should be worth $20,000 a year, which is much more than $30 per month, and an 80% increase should be worth around $48,000 or $2,000 per month. You advance to the higher range by utilizing the AI more frequently and learning how to utilize it more effectively. As the AI learns to do more repetitious work or begins executing your ideas more efficiently and accurately, the potential worth of this tool, particularly as it matures, might end up being multiples of your wage, not simply a percentage of it.

I'm not sure why Microsoft doesn't try to put the pricing into context, but this is a fantastic deal. The only reason I haven't purchased Copilot is that it won't be available until later this year.

The Future of Microsoft 365 Copilot

anticipate that this tool will mature into a true AI-powered digital assistant, and I hope that Microsoft revisits the Cortana concept, but this time does it correctly with the entire avatar. When supported by generative AI, it will perform what Clippy should have done (I preferred F1) and become a true assistant.Consider having a digital assistant who can arrange your vacation, monitor your accounts, offer you with background information on persons who call, text, or write to you, protect you from phishing assaults, and screen your calls.It might offer you with better alerts on news or events of interest to you from across the world, or it can simply help you write something so you can still be hilarious without jeopardizing your career.


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