Microsoft Copilot

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BCE logoMicrosoft Copilot (formerly "Bing Chat for Enterprise"), is an AI-powered companion designed for work. Whether you're drafting a report, creating a presentation, or discussing ideas, Copilot aims to streamline your tasks and enhance productivity.

Copilot is a versatile tool that uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) and data from the public web to answer queries, condense information, process data, produce text or visuals, craft social media content, and boost work efficiency. To understand Copilot's full capabilities for faculty and staff, refer to its frequently asked questions (microsoft.com).

Copilot is currently only available for employees and not available for students, though Microsoft continues to evaluate licensing options. Faculty and staff can access Copilot with a Microsoft account from Ithaca College. Students can only access the personal version of Copilot by using a non-college Microsoft account.

Getting Started with Copilot

Website

  1. Open the Microsoft Edge browser.
  2. Go to https://copilot.microsoft.com/.
  3. Sign in using your Ithaca College credentials if prompted.
  4. At the top of Copilot are two options: Copilot and Notebook.
    1. In Copilot, enter text to plan, write, or summarize information, and choose a conversation style. It will reply with an AI-generated answer.
    2. In Notebook, enter text to generate content. The Notebook is perfect for refining prompts and working with longer content.
  5. To start a new chat session, click  Refresh or New topic.

Edge Sidebar

  1. Open the Microsoft Edge browser.
  2. Open Copilot in the Edge sidebar by clicking the Copilot logo.
  3. Sign in using your Ithaca College credentials if prompted.
  4. At the top of Copilot are two options: Chat and Compose.
    1. In Chat, enter text to plan, write, or summarize information, and choose a conversation style. It will reply with an AI-generated answer.
    2. In Compose, enter text, select a tone, format, and length to generate content.
  5. To start a new chat session, click  Refresh or New topic.

If the Copilot icon is not visible in the Edge sidebar:

  1. Open the Microsoft Edge browser.
  2. Go to edge://settings/profiles or open Edge settings by clicking the  ellipsis in the top right of the Edge browser and then by clicking  Settings.
  3. Click Sidebar in the left-side menu.
  4. Under App and Notification settings, ensure the Always Show sidebar is checked.
  5. Click Copilot.

Getting Started with Copilot for Windows

Copilot for Microsoft Windows 11 is similar to Copilot through a web browser but allows you to perform common tasks and change settings in Windows, such as turning on dark mode, muting notifications, taking screenshots, and opening applications. Refer to Welcome to Copilot in Windows (microsoft.com) for further information.

To launch Copilot for Windows:

  1. To get started, press +C, or use the Copilot for Windows icon on the taskbar's right end.

By default, it appears as a sidebar overlay on the right side of your screen. For a more integrated experience, you can opt for the side-by-side mode by clicking the Show side-by-side button at the top right corner. Copilot runs alongside your active applications in this mode without overlapping your desktop content.

Data and Privacy

Your input into Copilot (as long as you are signed in to your IC account) is not used to train the underlying large language models, and Microsoft retains neither your input nor Copilot's responses after your browser is closed, the chat topic is reset, or the session ends. For detailed information about data protection, refer to Copilot's Privacy and Protections (microsoft.com).

To confirm you are using Copilot with data protection, go to https://copilot.microsoft.com/, and locate the green "protected" icon in the top right of the window as seen below.

Comparison

  • Microsoft Copilot is a AI-powered text completion service and is included with your Microsoft 365 license
  • OpenAI GPT-3.5 is a free AI-powered text completion service
  • OpenAI GPT-4 is a subscription-based AI-powered service that has access to the latest AI models and plug-ins, including DALL-E, browsing, and advanced data analysis.

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