Get Ready for Microsoft Copilot: Get Off to a Flying Start Together with UMB

Few, if any, Microsoft products have generated as much pre-release interest as Microsoft Copilot, as evidenced by the many inquiries from our customers. We therefore invite you to take advantage of our webinar series to get an overview of the product right now. As a participant in the Early Access Program for Microsoft 365 Copilot, UMB is able to provide you with first-hand information and experience.

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This blog post was written entirely by a human author; it remains to be seen whether this will also be the case for future blog posts. The fact is that UMB has been invited to join the Microsoft 365 Copilot Early Access program as one of a small number of Microsoft 365 partners. This gives us access to the associated AI functionalities and allows us to put our theoretical knowledge into practice. Since most customers won't get this opportunity for a while, we're taking you along for the ride. Learn how we are preparing for the introduction of Microsoft 365 Copilot, how the new possibilities are changing our daily workflow, and which legal aspects will require special attention.


Microsoft Copilot – an overview

Microsoft is launching several AI-supported tools à la Chat-GPT under the name Copilot, which will be integrated into various Microsoft cloud products. While Windows Copilot extends the Windows 11 operating system[i], the already available GitHub Copilot supports developers in creating the corresponding source code[ii]. Microsoft Security Copilot is primarily aimed at SOC ( security operations center) operators[iii] . However, Microsoft 365 Copilot is undoubtedly receiving the most attention[iv]. The service, which is not yet available, will greatly simplify the daily work of Microsoft 365 users with current Office products.


Who can currently obtain Microsoft 365 Copilot?

In late September, Microsoft announced that Microsoft 365 Copilot would be publicly available as of November 1. However, when reading the article carefully, anticipation was quickly dampened. For the time being, the use of Microsoft 365 Copilot is reserved exclusively for large customers, who must also fulfill a significant requirement: Interested customers must commit to purchasing 300 licenses for 1 year, which is a not insignificant investment given the license price of USD 30 per user per month. Therefore, most customers will still have to wait until they can activate Microsoft 365 Copilot.


The matter of data protection

In connection with the introduction of Microsoft 365 Copilot, various data protection-relevant aspects raise questions: Where and how is my company data processed? Will Microsoft use our company data as a training model? How will Microsoft 365 Copilot take existing authorization structures into account? How do I detect mistakenly shared documents and information, and how can I protect them in advance?

Microsoft strives to provide information as transparently as possible and to send out important signals through clear statements, for example on the subject of copyright[vi]. However, this does not release the customer from the obligation to deal with the issue of data hygiene in advance. This aspect will therefore become a central cornerstone of any Microsoft 365 copilot project.


UMB Microsoft 365 Copilot Readyness Day

Our workshop, which we will be happy to conduct at your company, will provide you with a comprehensive overview of Microsoft 365 Copilot, including a live presentation. We will also guide you through the necessary steps for secure implementation. Further information you can find here.


[i]Copilot in Windows & Other AI-Powered Features | Microsoft

[ii]GitHub Copilot · Your AI pair programmer · GitHub

[iii]Introducing Microsoft Security Copilot: Empowering defenders at the speed of AI

[iv]Introducing Microsoft 365 Copilot – your copilot for work - The Official Microsoft Blog

[vi]Microsoft announces new Copilot Copyright Commitment for customers - Microsoft On the Issues