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      Microsoft 365’s Copilot assistant for businesses comes with a hefty price tag

      news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Tuesday, 18 July, 2023 - 16:31 · 1 minute

    Microsoft 365’s Copilot assistant for businesses comes with a hefty price tag

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    A few months ago, Microsoft previewed Microsoft 365 Copilot , a new service that promised to integrate generative AI features into Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Teams, and the other productivity apps formerly known as Microsoft Office . Among other things, Copilot promises to automate the creation of documents and emails, summarize meeting notes, and assist in the analysis of Excel data.

    Microsoft has just announced pricing for the Copilot features, and it isn't cheap. Copilot will cost an extra $30 per user per month on top of whatever your business is already paying for Microsoft 365—in many cases, this will double or even triple your monthly costs. Copilot can be added to Microsoft 365 Business Standard or Premium ($12.50 and $22 per user per month, respectively) or to Microsoft 365 E3 or E5 accounts for enterprises ($36 or $57 per user per month). It can't be added to the cheaper Microsoft 365 Business Basic plan or to any home plans.

    The relatively high cost is likely related to the high server costs for running these kinds of generative AI models. Copilot also draws context from the other emails, documents, and other files in your business's Microsoft 365 cloud, so each business that Microsoft supports will have a slightly different data set that it will need to be able to draw from.

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      So long, Calibri: Microsoft has settled on a new font for its Office apps

      news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Friday, 14 July, 2023 - 16:25 · 1 minute

    Microsoft's new "Aptos" font family.

    Enlarge / Microsoft's new "Aptos" font family. (credit: Microsoft)

    Two years ago, Microsoft announced its plans to move away from using Calibri as the default typeface for Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook, and the other apps in the suite formerly known as Microsoft Office . The company introduced five candidates for replacement fonts, and a winner has emerged : a font family called Aptos, formerly known as Bierstadt.

    Microsoft has never laid out in so many words why it feels it needs to move away from Calibri, though today's announcement implies that Aptos was made with high-resolution, high-density displays in mind. Calibri replaced Times New Roman as the suite's default font in Office 2007, at a time before "Retina" displays and when 1024×768 and 1280×800 screens were still the norm —a ClearType font , Calibri itself was a response to the shift from CRT to LCD screens.

    Aptos was created by Steve Matteson, who is also responsible for Windows 3.1's original TrueType fonts (including Times New Roman, Arial, and Courier New) as well as Segoe , which has been Windows' default system font since Vista and is also used for Microsoft's current logo. Given Matteson's history with Microsoft, choosing Aptos over the others feels like the safest possible choice.

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      Microsoft Copilot, l’outil qui va bouleverser Word, Excel et PowerPoint

      news.movim.eu / Numerama · Thursday, 16 March, 2023 - 16:21

    Après avoir intégré l'intelligence artificielle d'OpenAI à Bing, Microsoft va l'ajouter à Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Teams et OneNote. Microsoft Copilot est le nom d'un nouvel agent conversationnel capable de manipuler des fichiers et de créer du contenu. [Lire la suite]

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      Comment regarder la conférence de Microsoft sur l’intelligence artificielle

      news.movim.eu / Numerama · Thursday, 16 March, 2023 - 12:35

    À 16 heures le 16 mars, Microsoft organise une conférence de presse sur le thème du « futur du travail avec l'IA ». L'intégration de GPT-4 à Windows et Office devrait y être abordée. [Lire la suite]

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      Microsoft Teams et Outlook sont en panne

      news.movim.eu / Numerama · Wednesday, 25 January, 2023 - 08:54

    Des milliers d'utilisateurs n'arrivent pas à se connecter aux services de Microsoft, tandis que d'autres rencontrent d'importants ralentissements. Microsoft a confirmé rencontré des problèmes avec ses serveurs. [Lire la suite]

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      Microsoft 365 Basic gives you 100GB of OneDrive space (but no Office) for $2

      news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Wednesday, 11 January, 2023 - 21:01

    Microsoft 365 Basic gives you 100GB of OneDrive space (but no Office) for $2

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    Microsoft is adding a new low-end subscription tier to its Microsoft 365 service designed to cater to existing OneDrive subscribers and people who want more features for their Outlook inboxes but don't need the full desktop versions of Word, Excel, or PowerPoint.

    The Verge reports that Microsoft 365 Basic will cost $1.99 a month or $19.99 a year, and it includes 100GB of OneDrive cloud storage, removes ads from the Outlook web and mobile clients, and offers " advanced security " for Outlook users in the form of malware-scanning for links and attachments and additional encryption options .

    The main shortcoming of the Basic plan relative to the other Microsoft 365 subscription tiers is that you won't get access to the full desktop versions of the apps formerly known as Microsoft Office : Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Outlook. You'll still be able to use the more feature-limited online versions, but those are also available to anyone with a free Microsoft account. To get those apps, you'll still need to upgrade to the Microsoft 365 Personal ($6.99 a month, $69.99 a year) or Microsoft 365 Family ($9.99 a month, $99.99 a year) tiers, each of which also comes with additional OneDrive storage and other perks.

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      32 years in, Microsoft has decided to rebrand “Microsoft Office”

      news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Thursday, 13 October, 2022 - 15:04 · 1 minute

    Microsoft 365 will encompass Teams, OneDrive, and the suite of productivity apps formerly known as Office.

    Enlarge / Microsoft 365 will encompass Teams, OneDrive, and the suite of productivity apps formerly known as Office. (credit: Microsoft)

    Microsoft Office was first released in 1990, and aside from Windows, it's probably the Microsoft product the general public has the most experience with. Individual apps like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook will all continue to exist, but starting now, the Office brand name these apps have all been grouped under will begin to go away, to be replaced by "Microsoft 365."

    The change will come first for the online Office apps at Office.com , which will make the switch in November. In January of 2023, the Office app built into Windows 10 and Windows 11 and the Office mobile apps for iOS and Android will follow suit. When updated, the apps will pick up the Microsoft 365 branding and a new logo, seen above, which still looks kind of like an O, but in a different way from how the Office logo looks a bit like an O.

    Microsoft's FAQ page on the transition says that Microsoft 365 will encompass the existing Office apps plus OneDrive and Microsoft Teams "and so much more." The company also points out that the Office brand will continue to exist, at least for a while. Existing Office 365 accounts aren't being renamed (yet), and Microsoft will still sell perpetually licensed versions of Word, Excel, and the other Office apps as Office 2021 . The company has previously pledged to offer at least one more of these perpetually licensed Office suites, but at this point, we don't know whether it will continue to be known as "Office" or if it, too, will pick up "Microsoft 365" branding in some way.

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      Microsoft takes AI image generation mainstream, strolling into ethics minefield

      news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Wednesday, 12 October, 2022 - 14:16 · 1 minute

    A preview of the Microsoft Designer app's AI text-to-image functionality.

    Enlarge / A preview of the Microsoft Designer app's AI text-to-image functionality. (credit: Microsoft)

    During a Surface press event today, Microsoft announced integrations of AI-powered image-generation technology into its Bing search engine, Edge browser, and a new Office app called Microsoft Designer. The technology will be powered by DALL-E 2 by OpenAI, which made waves in April for its ability to generate novel images based on written prompts. The technology has also been the subject of ire among some artists due to ethical concerns .

    Microsoft's offerings aim to help creators overcome blank-page syndrome by suggesting creative courses of action. In an example of Microsoft Designer provided by Microsoft, someone types a description of what they want to see, such as "Ombre cake decorated with flowers and fall foliage," and they can then scroll through AI-generated image examples that they can choose to add to their design. "Designer invites you to start with an idea and let the AI do the heavy lifting," wrote Microsoft in a press release.

    Microsoft Designer originated as part of PowerPoint, where it currently suggests design ideas as a subset of that program. But Microsoft plans to break out Designer into its own Microsoft 365 app that will be available both as a free app and as a premium app available to Microsoft 365 Personal and Family subscribers. For now, Microsoft is limiting Designer to a free public web app, which it will use to gather feedback from public testing.

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