Microsoft recently announced Microsoft 365 Copilot, an exciting new productivity assistant that combines the power of large language models with your organization’s data. Copilot aims to boost productivity by providing relevant suggestions, summaries, and content right within your everyday workflows.

As an early adopter, how can you start preparing for this powerful new feature? Here are some tips:

Get Your Software Updated

  • Check which release channel you are currently on for Microsoft 365 desktop apps
  • Switch to the Current Channel if needed to access Copilot features
  • Staying current ensures you get the latest Copilot capabilities as they release

Understand the Tech Requirements

  • Copilot requires:
  • Microsoft 365 E3 or E5 license
  • Access to organizational data in apps like Outlook, OneDrive, SharePoint, Teams
  • Enable key services to provide abundant data for Copilot to draw from
Microsoft 365 ServicesDetails
Exchange OnlineFor email data
SharePointFor documents
OneDriveFor files
TeamsFor chats and meetings

Align Networking

  • Work with IT to optimize networking as per Microsoft guidelines
  • Ensure low latency and quality of service for Copilot cloud connections
  • Unblock WebSockets to enable full Copilot functionality

Get Up to Speed on AI Ethics

  • Review Microsoft’s AI ethics principles
  • Learn about fairness, reliability, privacy, inclusiveness, transparency, accountability
  • Understand their approach to responsible AI

Understand the Content Controls

  • Copilot respects existing M365 permissions and policies
  • Content oversharing can impact relevance of Copilot suggestions
  • Follow best practices for security and governance of organizational content

Enable Adoption Tools

  • Admins can enable prompts in Message Center about new Copilot features
  • Stay updated on announcements to fully utilize Copilot
  • Get familiar with AI concepts on Microsoft’s AI learning site

Embrace the Productivity Power

With the right preparations, Copilot has huge potential to take your productivity to the next level. Lean into this powerful new capability by:

  • Enabling latest releases
  • Optimizing networking
  • Learning about AI principles
  • Collaborating with IT teams

Ready to Boost Productivity with Copilot?

As an IT services firm focused on digital transformation, DBGM Consulting can help you every step of the way on your Copilot journey. Our AI experts can:

  • Assess your Microsoft 365 environment
  • Validate technical readiness
  • Align networking
  • Tighten content governance
  • Enable adoption tools
  • Provide training

Contact us today to future-proof your organization with Microsoft’s latest innovations. We’ll ensure you maximize the productivity benefits of tools like Copilot while proactively addressing privacy, security, compliance, and change management considerations.

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