Microsoft’s Copilot Integration Raises Caution: Expert Advises Prudent Approach for Businesses

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Microsoft's Copilot Integration Raises Caution: Expert Advises Prudent Approach for Businesses

Microsoft has swiftly integrated its AI assistant Copilot into a wide array of products, prompting many businesses to seek guidance and support for this brand-new software. However, Microsoft MVP Loryan Strant urges caution. Having extensively tested Copilot during its preview phase and practically implemented it in his own company, Strant advises careful consideration.

“Throughout our brief testing, Copilot has undergone several changes. Some aspects are clear, while others still seem like complex mysteries,” Strant shared in a blog post. He remains skeptical of coaches and experts claiming vast experience with the product, noting the difficulty in gaining substantial Copilot experience at this point.

One challenge highlighted by the MVP is the necessity for a significant number of licenses to effectively use Microsoft Copilot. “We’re looking at a minimum of 300 licenses, amounting to around $109,000 USD,” he emphasized. Currently priced at $30 USD per month for a single license, additional expenses for Microsoft 365 and other company subscription services push the total cost beyond $100,000 USD.

Strant has come across blog posts from supposed Copilot coaches touting their software expertise. However, he suspects that many of these coaches lack experience within larger corporations, casting doubt on their ability to offer adept guidance for such a substantial investment.

“My advice is simple: when seeking a partner or consultant for M365 Copilot within your organization, they should be able to prove their experience and insights,” Strant advised. “Challenge coaches to provide unique perspectives that go beyond readily available information and cannot be obtained through a basic web search.”

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