Microsoft Launches Copilot Pro – Brings Advanced AI Features To Microsoft 365 Products

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Key Points

  • Copilot Pro brings AI to Word, Excel, Outlook, and OneNote, and uses the latest language models from OpenAI.
  • Copilot Pro costs $20 per user per month.
  • Copilot for Microsoft 365 is now also available to enterprises of all sizes with Microsoft 365 Business Premium, Business Standard, Office 365 E3 & E5, at only $30 per user per month.

Copilot is an AI-powered assistant introduced by Microsoft that was initially only available to Windows 11 but has now been integrated with Windows 10, and Microsoft Edge, and also made available as a standalone app for iOS and Android.

Microsoft has now released a more advanced version of Copilot known as Copilot Pro. This is a subscription-based feature that all AI enthusiasts can enjoy for $20 a month. Copilot Pro offers advanced AI capabilities with priority responses, even during peak hours.

Even though Copilot uses OpenAI’s GPT4 language model, the Copilot Pro subscription gives a challenge to OpenAI’s ChatGPT Plus subscription. But before you spend your dollars subscribing to it, here is what’s new and different in Copilot Pro compared to the regular version, which is free.

Note: At the moment, Copilot Pro is only available to users inside the US. Microsoft will make it available to users outside the US on 10th February 2024.

Salient features of Copilot Pro

Paying a little extra for a Copilot Pro subscription is worth it. Copilot Pro is now accessible to everyone using a Windows 10 or 11 PC, who also has a Microsoft account. The $20 subscription is linked with your Microsoft account and thus usable on the PC where you are signed in.

This is what Copilot Pro provides that the regular Copilot lacks:

  • Copilot Pro will offer a single synchronized AI experience on all your devices, where you are signed in using the same Microsoft account.

  • Copilot will also be available in Microsoft 365 products, including Word, Excel, Outlook, and OneNote on all platforms, like Windows PC, Mac, and iPad. This will be for Microsoft 365 Personal and Family subscribers.

  • Users will get priority access to the latest AI language models even during peak hours, which at the moment is GPT-4 Turbo. Users will also be allowed to toggle between models (soon).

  • Access to Enhanced AI image creation with Image Creator from Designer (formerly known as Bing Image Creator). It will allow the users 100 boosts per day while bringing more detailed image quality as well as landscape image format.

  • Subscribers will have the ability to create their own custom Copilot GPT. You will be able to create a Copilot version that is tailored to your needs, like a specific topic. This ability could be accessed through the Copilot GPT Builder which will be rolled out soon.

Microsoft gives a glimpse of these new Copilot features in Copilot Pro in this video:

Copilot Pro preview by Microsoft

Copilot for Microsoft 365 is now available to all-size enterprises

While individual consumers can enjoy Windows Copilot, for enterprise users, Copilot for Microsoft 365 is better suited. Made generally available to large enterprises only in November 2023, only a few of the Fortune 100 companies participated in the testing of Copilot for Microsoft 365. However, now, this version of Copilot is available to enterprises of all sizes.

Copilot for Microsoft 365 has now been incorporated with Microsoft 365 Business Premium and Business Standard. Subscribers of these plans can get Copilot for users between one and 299 for $30 per user per month. Additionally, Copilot for Microsoft 365 is now also available for Office 365 E3 and E5 plans without the limitation of a 300-seat minimum purchase.

On top of this, commercial consumers can now purchase Copilot for Microsoft 365 through Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider partners, and it is now also available for education faculty and staff.

Ending words

Copilot Pro is designed to make your lives easier than it already was with the free version of Copilot. If you rely on Copilot a lot, then it is my recommendation that you at least try out Copilot Pro as soon as it is available in your region, and see how it changes your day-to-day interaction with your PC, mobile, and tablet.

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Subhan Zafar is an established IT professional with interests in Windows and Server infrastructure testing and research, and is currently working with Itechtics as a research consultant. He has studied Electrical Engineering and is also certified by Huawei (HCNA & HCNP Routing and Switching).

3 comments

  • Usman Khurshid
    Usman Khurshid

    One more thing, you mentioned the licenses are per person. Actually, it should be per user. Hell lot of difference between the two 🥴

  • Usman Khurshid
    Usman Khurshid

    You said “Paying a little extra for a Copilot Pro subscription is worth it.” I don’t agree!
    Unfortunately I don’t find any features that make the pro version stand out. I can fire up copilot along side Microsoft apps and it interacts with the apps without any issues, at least gets my work done.
    Image creator is also part of the free version which does a good job, pro might be better though.
    The only thing that should differentiate right now is the speed. If there’s no difference in speed, I don’t think the pro version is worth it unless Microsoft forces the enterprise consumers to buy a plan to use copilot on their devices.

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