Microsoft is rolling out Microsoft 365 Copilot product to employees as it tries to get more developers to use AI, according to an internal message viewed by Business Insider.
The message, sent last week in former Azure boss Jason Zander’s Strategic Missions and Technologies organization, states Microsoft has been running pilot tests to increase AI usage among its developer community and was planning the “broad release” Microsoft 365 to its team for the first time.
The organization also had a recent “hackathon” to get employees up to speed about the latest technique in deploying AI, according to the message. The company is nearly done rolling out the product across its workforce, Microsoft spokesperson Frank Shaw said.
Copilot is Microsoft’s generative AI assistant, built through a partnership with OpenAI. Microsoft 365 Copilot is the version of the assistant within the company’s suite of business applications like Word, Outlook, and Teams, and uses generative AI to analyze data from users’ calendars, emails, chats, documents, and meetings.
The hype around generative AI propelled Microsoft to a $3 trillion valuation, surpassing Apple as the world’s most valuable public company in January. Still, how quickly customers will adopt tools like Microsoft 365 Copilot remains to be seen.
The company made Microsoft 365 Copilot generally available last November with a pretty steep price of $30 per user a month, in addition to the cost of a Microsoft 365 subscription.
In Microsoft’s latest earnings call, Chief Financial Officer Amy Hood provided a vague update, saying the company was excited by early adoption of Microsoft 365 Copilot and expects revenue to grow.
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