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Microsoft Copilot’s new features will help write better prompts

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One of the biggest challenges with generative AI tools is that you need a well-written and detailed prompt to get the most out of the AI model. Microsoft is looking to solve this problem by introducing new features in Copilot for Microsoft 365 that aim to auto-complete your prompts and suggest improvements to get better results.

One of Microsoft’s examples highlighted how Copilot will automatically complete your prompts with additional details to improve your output. If you’re typing “summarise,” Copilot will display prompt options ranging from summarising your last 10 emails to any other summary that can be created from your Office data and anything else that Copilot thinks is relevant.

Copilot can now essentially write its prompts. | Source: Microsoft

In case you’re not sure what level of detail you need in your prompt to get Copilot to do your bidding, there’s a new rewrite feature on the horizon. The feature extends or elaborates a basic prompt to include more detail, essentially writing it to get the best result possible.

Copilot for Microsoft 365 subscribers can also create, publish, and manage prompts in Copilot Lab tailored for individual teams, making prompt sharing between teammates a lot easier. Last but not least, there’s also a “Catch Up” feature that highlights upcoming meetings and brings up any documents or other relevant information to help you prepare.

No launch date has been announced for these new features yet, but Microsoft’s announcement does come with a few numbers highlighting the growing use of AI in the workplace. The Windows maker claims in its 2024 Work Trend Annual report that three out of four people are using AI at work, and nearly 46 per cent of them started using AI less than six months ago. Additionally, 78 per cent of AI users are bringing their own AI models to work instead of waiting for their organisations to implement one.

Microsoft claims 75 percent of workers use AI at work. | Source: Microsoft

The company is under pressure from investors to show returns from its big investments in AI. With a new, in-house AI model also on the way, the claims in Microsoft’s report play ball with its rising investments. As for returns on said investments, Microsoft’s recent quarter’s revenue growth did see a higher contribution from AI services than the previous one.

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Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here: yadullahabidi@pm.me.

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