Microsoft Copilot Hits General Availability with Commercial Data Protection

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Key Takeaways:

  • Microsoft Copilot, an AI-powered chatbot based on OpenAI’s GPT-4 model, has transitioned from preview to general availability.
  • Microsoft Copilot provides commercial data protection for businesses with select Microsoft 365 subscriptions.
  • Microsoft plans to extend the availability of Copilot with commercial data protection to all Entra ID users, though there’s no ETA yet.

Microsoft Copilot, the AI-powered chat tool that launched in preview earlier this year, is now generally available for both consumers and commercial customers. Built upon OpenAI’s GPT-4 model, this AI assistant seamlessly searches the web and integrates the findings into its responses.

Microsoft Copilot (previously known as Bing Chat and Bing Chat Enterprise) is available on the web, the Edge sidebar, and the new Copilot experience on Windows 11. The chatbot allows users to ask questions, learn new skills, draft emails, generate images, as well as summarize documents and articles.

“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,” Microsoft explained.

Microsoft first launched the enterprise version of the AI chatbot in preview in July this year. It offers a similar user experience to Bing Chat with the addition of commercial data protection. The feature is designed to provide a higher level of data protection for businesses with security and privacy concerns.

Microsoft Copilot Now Generally Available with Commercial Data Protection Capabilities

Microsoft Copilot commercial data protection: Licensing requirements

Users who sign into Copilot with their Entra ID accounts will receive the benefit of commercial data protection at no additional cost. Copilot with commercial data protection is available for organizations with existing Microsoft 365 E3, E5, F3, A3, A5 (faculty only), Business Standard, and Business Premium subscriptions.

Microsoft plans to extend commercial data protection to more Entra ID customers (excluding government customers and student users) in the future. The company recommends businesses to check out its Copilot Adoption Kit to access training materials and other resources. Moreover, IT admins can learn more about data security policies on Microsoft’s official documentation.