Using AI Every Day: Microsoft Copilot’s Top Features for Boosting Efficiency in Meetings, Emails, Presentations and Excel

After months of hype, Copilot for Microsoft 365 was finally released into general availability on November 1. As an AI-powered virtual assistant, Copilot has several capabilities that you can employ to boost your productivity. Here are a few of the top use cases:

  1. Summarize meetings: Copilot can generate a summary of your Microsoft Teams meetings, including times when your name was mentioned as well as suggested action items. This is extremely helpful for situations where you are double-booked or otherwise unable to attend a meeting but want to know what you missed.
  2. Catch up on emails: Were you out of the office for a week due to vacation or a business trip? Copilot can summarize the emails you received while you were away, flagging those that contain important information or require a follow-up response.
  3. Write emails: We all know the feeling of staring at a blank draft in Outlook, trying to figure out the best way to convey a message. With Copilot, that sensation can be a thing of the past. Copilot even has a “Sound Like Me” feature, which tailors emails to match your personal writing style.
  4. Create PowerPoint presentations: Have a Word document that you want to convert to a PowerPoint presentation? Copilot can do so with the “Create presentation from file” feature. Using Word Styles such as titles and headers within your document will help Copilot structure your presentation for you. Copilot will even incorporate images in your Word document into your presentation.
  5. Analyze data in Excel: With Copilot, everyone can be a power user in Excel without needing to memorize hundreds of formulas or functions. Simply tell Copilot what you are trying to accomplish, and it will handle the rest. Copilot can even create visualizations and build predictive models from your data.

For more about AI in Microsoft products, check out our article on AI in Microsoft 365.

For best results, users should be as specific as possible when interacting with Copilot and, as with any AI tool, always verify the accuracy of Copilot’s output before employing it in their work. With the right prompting skills, Copilot can be a true game changer!

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Ryan Hemmel

Ryan Hemmel

Ryan is a legal technology professional with 7+ years of experience (including project management). Well-versed in various platforms and environments including AWS, Relativity, MySQL, Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server, Ryan is also an aspiring data scientist with proficiency in Python, R and Tableau.