Microsoft's Latest Tools: Boosting Productivity or Making Us Lazy?
Do you remember when we talked about Microsoft making employees lazy? Well, brace yourself because they've just upped their game. At the recent Microsoft Ignite 2023 event, they revealed plans to roll out over 100 updates, including advanced AI features, to their office suite. It's all in a bid to supercharge employee productivity, but some are wondering if it might just make us even lazier.
Copilot Takes Center Stage
One star of the show is 'Copilot,' a feature mentioned over 250 times during the event. It's now available for $30 per month (per user), integrated across Microsoft's suite, including Teams, Outlook, and Excel. According to a survey of 297 Copilot users, 70% reported increased productivity, and 68% said it improved the quality of their work.
- Copilot learns your writing style from previous emails.
- It blurs the line between human and machine-generated responses, bringing a new level of personalization.
Copilot Studio and Bing Chat Makeover
Microsoft also introduced Copilot Studio, a low-code tool allowing users to customize Copilot for Microsoft 365 and create standalone copilots. Even the AI search engine-based chatbot Bing Chat is getting a makeover, soon to be known as Copilot.
Microsoft Loop: A Competitor to Notion
But that's not all. Microsoft Loop, a collaborative workspace application, officially launched at Ignite. Loop, a competitor to Notion, integrates seamlessly with other Microsoft apps like Teams and Outlook, creating a closed system to keep users within the Microsoft ecosystem.
Teams Hits a Milestone
What about Microsoft Teams? Satya Nadella, Microsoft's CEO, proudly announced that over 320 million users rely on Teams for real-time collaboration. There are more than 2,000 apps in the Teams store, including Adobe, Service Now, and Workday, each with over 1 million active users. Teams has seen the creation of 145,000 custom line business applications.
The Future with Mesh
To take collaboration a step further, Nadella revealed that Mesh, a cloud-based platform for mixed reality, will be generally available from January. This platform allows users to join immersive spaces via digital avatars, creating a unique collaborative experience.
Microsoft is certainly pushing the boundaries, simplifying the workspace but leaving us to wonder – are we headed towards a future where our jobs are too easy? Only time will tell.