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Copilot is Microsoft's AI assistant

What is Copilot

Copilot is Microsoft's AI assistant that aims to provide personalised assistance for a range of tasks and activities. It is integrated in a number of apps across the Microsoft 365 suite but only the 'Copilot for Microsoft 365' service uses your data in Microsoft Graph for responses. It does not use your prompts or data to train the underlying large language models (see Microsoft's website: 'Data, Privacy, and Security for Microsoft Copilot for Microsoft 365')

Microsoft Copilot

This was formerly known as 'Bing Chat Enterprise' and requires no additional license or cost. 

Note you must be signed in with your account to enable commercial data protection. With this enabled prompts and responses aren't saved and chat data isn't used to train the underlying large language models. Copilot has no access to organizational data in the Microsoft 365 Graph. When it is enabled you will see the following above the text box:

Copilot for Microsoft 365

This requires an additional license to be purchased on top of an existing A3 or A5 license. It integrates Copilot with the Microsoft 365 apps (Word, Outlook, Excel, Teams, and PowerPoint.) It can summarise and generate content based on existing files and emails.

Copilot in Windows

This is currently in Preview and available with Windows 11 at no addtitional cost, it has the same functionality as Microsoft Copilot. Commercial data protection will be enabled if you sign in to the device with your University Microsoft 365 account (i.e. on a University Managed Device).


What are the benefits?

  • Generate topic summaries with Microsoft Copilot
  • Quickly amend operating system settings and perfom tasks with Copilot in Windows
  • Summarise meetings and emails with Copilot for Microsoft 365


How do I access it?

Microsoft Copilot:  in Microsoft Edge or Chrome browsers.

Copilot for Microsoft 365: Complete a service request to purchase a Copilot for Microsoft 365 license. Your account must have an A3 or A5 license in the University Office365 tenancy.

Copilot for Windows: Included with Windows 11 version 22H2 and above and Windows 10 but only on compatible Windows 10 Home and unmanaged Pro devices running version 22H2 or higher. Copilot in Windows 10 requires at least 4 GB of RAM and a minimum 720p display resolution. 


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