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How to use the Microsoft Copilot app on macOS

Microsoft Copilot

AI co-pilots promise to make tasks easier and faster for users, making things easier in the long run. Here's how to use the Microsoft Copilot app on macOS.

AI chatbots give you the opportunity to communicate with various artificial intelligence systems to get answers to your questions. Some chatbots are specialized and some are generalists.

Microsoft's Copilot is a general-purpose chatbot that uses AI-powered Microsoft Bing search to provide you with answers to your questions.

Chatbots are experienced because they are trained on broad topics. datasets known as large language models or LLMs.

The first commercially available chatbot was the Japanese BeBot – a navigation assistant at Tokyo station, which we talked about earlier.

Microsoft Copilot is similar, but it is more versatile.

The idea of ​​chatbots is that you enter your question into the chatbot's application or on the Internet at its request, press Enter, and it responds with an answer that, according to his predictions will correspond to your question.

You can then further poll the chatbot for more information. Communicating with a chatbot is almost like communicating with a human.

Additional features

Copilot can do much more than just communicate, however, as it also supports generative artificial intelligence, or GenAI, for creative work. You can ask him to write computer code, create images or music, organize information, find travel and shopping information, or even tell you jokes.

GenAI saves you time by quickly completing small creative and data science tasks for you, eliminating the hassle.

It also knows how to interact with Microsoft 365 apps like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and more so you can leverage the power of artificial intelligence in those apps.

Getting started

To access and read about Copilot online, go to copilot.microsoft.com. If you choose to sign in with your Microsoft account, Copilot will learn and save your previous Copilot sessions so that it can perform better when you use it later in future sessions.

If you don't want to use Safari, you can download and use the Mac version of the Microsoft Edge browser and launch Copilot from there.

You can also learn more about how Copilot works and how to use it on the Microsoft Copilot support page.

There are also versions of Copilot for Windows, and Microsoft has now included Copilot in most versions of Windows 10 and 11, as well as the Microsoft Edge browser for Windows.

The web version of Copilot is simple and has chat at the bottom of the page, as well as several buttons for GenAI tasks and settings. If you give Copilot access to your computer's microphone, you can also ask it questions using voice control so you don't have to type in prompts.

You can click the New Chat button in the web version of Copilot to clear the current chat conversation and start again.

Installing Copilot on your Mac

There are two ways to install Copilot on your Mac:

  1. Download it from the Mac App Store and launch it in Finder.
  2. Go to copilot.microsoft.com in Safari, click the Share button in the top right corner Safari window, then select Add to Dock from the Share menu.

If you install Copilot from the Share menu, it simply adds a web shortcut to the page Microsoft Copilot in the Dock Finder on your Mac so that when you click it, you'll be redirected to the Copilot web page.

If you download Copilot from the Mac App Store, you'll get a standalone Mac app that you can add to the Dock by dragging it there or double-clicking it in the Finder. We'll be moving to a standalone version for Mac soon.

Copilot in the Apple Mac App Store.

Prices for Copilot, Pro and 365

Basic Copilot is free, but you can get a $20 monthly subscription from Microsoft to Copilot Pro, which includes:

  1. Better performance during peak hours with GPT-4 and Turbo.
  2. Co-pilot in Microsoft 365 Apps if you have a 365 subscription.
  3. Faster AI image creation with 100 speedups. per day with Copilot Designer

For Microsoft 365 Business Premium and Business Standard business subscribers, companies can purchase Copilot Pro for use in 365 business apps for $30 per seat. However, based on the combined cost of a Business 365 subscription and a Copilot Pro subscription, it may be cheaper to simply go with the basic 365 Personal user subscriptions, as they cost $69.99 and $99.99 per month each.

Which plan you choose depends on what apps you use and what levels of Copilot you want to use per user or employee.

There are also higher Enterprise levels. For more information about the Pro and Enterprise editions, see How to bring the full Copilot experience to more people and businesses.

The Microsoft 365 web page also has more information about Copilot and AI.

A free AI-powered reading coach is available to students on the Microsoft website.

Copilot Studio

If you want to create your own Copilots, Microsoft has released a new tool called Microsoft Copilot Studio. With Studio, you can design and build your own co-pilots with customizable prompts, models, themes, and agents.

Using Studio, you can develop Copilots tailored to specific users, conduct conversations with users, and decide what information the Bing backend uses to determine and provide responses to Copilot interactions.

Copilot Studio even has a GenAI feature that uses artificial intelligence to create its own additional pilots for you.

Copilot app for macOS

If you download Copilot from the Apple Mac App Store: you get a separate application. Double-click it in Finder to launch it:

Launch Copilot for the first time on macOS.

When you launch it for the first time, click Continue, and You'll be taken to the main interface, which is very similar to Copilot's web interface.

In the upper left corner there is a login button, and in the upper right corner there is a button with a menu containing items for creating a new topic and clearing the current conversation.

The main interface also has a toggle switch that allows you to turn GPT-4 on and off.

Copilot's main window on macOS.

Once the app is initialized, the main window at the bottom displays a chat prompt with a text field, a microphone, and image buttons, and several predefined buttons that you can click on. click to insert hints.

To chat, type or speak your invitation into the text box at the bottom of the window and press Return on your Mac keyboard. Copilot will connect to Microsoft's Bing search engine and respond (usually within a few seconds).

Type or speak text in the text prompt field, or click a predefined button.

If you want to stop Copilot responses before they complete, click the Don't button replyin the main window.

If your question is a question, Copilot will usually respond with a short list of answers, or a single answer if your question was something simple, like how to get to a place or simple facts.

If you're signed in to your Microsoft account, Copilot provides more detailed answers, and you can ask Copilot additional questions to clarify the answers.

The co-pilot responds with lists of responses or individual responses to simple queries.

Chatbots and artificial intelligence are still very new, and we are just beginning to understand what they are. can do it. As AI learns, it gets better and faster, and as the global knowledge base for LLM students grows, chatbots and GenAI will become more useful and accurate in the future.

AI has the potential to revolutionize the way we work and interact with computers, and it will save us countless hours of time on routine work such as searching for information or obtaining simple information that is already available around the world.

In the next chatbot episode, we'll look at Copilot for iOS and iPad.

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