Since Microsoft Copilot (formerly Bing Chat and Bing Chat Enterprise) launched in preview in February, people around the world have embraced it as their everyday AI companion. It’s been used to generate billions of prompts and responses, helping people be more creative and productive in their lives.
We’re excited to keep this momentum going by announcing that Copilot is now generally available and no longer in preview. With general availability, Microsoft Copilot continues to be your everyday AI companion providing AI-powered web chat.
Bringing AI to your organization with Copilot
Copilot offers access to powerful AI models such as GPT-4 and up-to-date information with cited sources. When eligible users sign in with an eligible work or school account (Microsoft Entra ID), they receive commercial data protection at no additional cost, which means prompts and responses are not saved, Microsoft has no eyes on access, and data is not used to train the underlying large language model (LLM). Copilot helps users tackle everyday tasks such as drafting an email, summarizing PDFs and articles, generating images with DALL-E 3, learning new skills, and getting answers to complex questions.
Use Copilot in your organization with confidence
With Copilot now generally available, organizations and users can feel even more confident adopting it as part of their daily workflows. Copilot with commercial data protection is now backed by the Universal Commercial License Terms for Online Services to align with other Microsoft commercial online services. These terms include Microsoft’s Customer Copyright Commitment (CCC), which enables customers to take advantage of Microsoft’s Copilot services without worrying about copyright claims.
Copilot offers commercial data protection at no additional cost when users with eligible Microsoft 365 licenses sign in with their work account. Current eligible licenses include Microsoft 365 E3, E5, Microsoft 365 A3, A5 (faculty only), Microsoft 365 F3, Business Standard, and Business Premium. Microsoft has announced plans to extend availability of Copilot with commercial data protection to all Entra ID users (excluding sovereign government cloud and student users), and timing will be announced at a future date.
Renaming and UX changes
As previously announced, Bing Chat and Bing Chat Enterprise recently changed to Copilot to make AI-powered web chat more accessible with a simplified user experience at copilot.microsoft.com. This experience is already available today. An updated and renamed user interface for Copilot with commercial data protection on other endpoints is rolling out to customers over time.
Bringing Copilot to your organization
For organizations with Copilot already enabled, no further action is needed. You can continue to use Copilot as you do today. For help with user adoption, or to help transition users from the old Bing Chat user interface to the new Copilot one, IT admins can use the Copilot adoption kit to educate users with training materials and resources. Ready-to-go email templates can help with your change management.
For organizations with rules that do not allow use of preview products, Copilot reaching general availability is now your opportunity to introduce Copilot to your organization.
Copilot offers access to powerful AI models such as GPT-4 and up-to-date information with cited sources. Visit copilot.microsoft.com to get started.
If your organization is ready to start using Copilot with commercial data protection, here’s what you can do next:
- Admins should ensure that Copilot is enabled for their company and check documentation at aka.ms/Copilot/Docs for additional resources. Now that Copilot is generally available, admins who want to extend availability to more users can assign a Copilot service plan.
- To help users who are new to AI feel more confident and knowledgeable about AI-powered chat, download the adoption kit at aka.ms/Copilot/StarterKit.
- Direct users to copilot.microsoft.com to try Copilot for themselves.
You can also learn more about the latest Copilot updates, which can be leveraged in Microsoft Edge for Business, in this Microsoft Ignite video.
Keeping your organization safe while introducing AI is top of mind, and Copilot with Entra ID sign-in is here as a clear path forward.