Despite sitting a bit awkwardly between Word, Teams, Outlook and the rest of the Windows productivity suite, Microsoft has announced an AI injection for OneNote, continuing its quest to save employees time on repetitive and “mundane tasks”.
Copilot, which has already made its way into many other Microsoft services, has now been placed in the note-taking app, where the company says it will integrate with other 365 apps and internal context to provide a number of key features.
In announcement (opens in a new tab)OneNote’s product manager, Greg MacEachern, said the GPT-4-based smart assistant was intended to “unlock productivity, unleash creativity, and elevate your skills.”
Microsoft Copilot in OneNote
“Creating, capturing, organizing, and recalling information” is part of Copilot’s goals in OneNote, where it can do things like reformatting text, summarizing and simplifying notes, and highlighting important information.
Despite being gradually added to more and more Microsoft products, Copilot remains in private preview for select customers for now, leaving most users anxiously awaiting general availability.
The company hasn’t provided any details on how Copilot will launch, but it’s likely that Microsoft wants to get it right before putting the powerful tool into the hands of millions.
However, that could happen sooner rather than later as the tit-for-tat race for AI supremacy continues to unfold. Last month, Google was teasing how he would integrate artificial intelligence into his free office software after what was an embarrassing reveal to his chatbot, Bard, at best.
In an effort to minimize the backlash, Microsoft detailed some of the measures taken to create a responsible co-pilot, including “noting the limitations, providing links to sources, and encouraging users to browse, fact-check, and adjust content based on their own knowledge and judgment.”