Microsoft Copilot

Microsoft Copilot – the AI tool that will make most impact.

In the constantly changing world of technology, every now and then an innovation comes along that radically changes the way we work. After ChatGPT, which has made waves around the world, Microsoft Copilot is next.

Microsoft Copilot is an AI assistant designed to support professionals in their daily tasks. At the foundation of this tool is GPT-4, the pioneering Large Language Model behind ChatGPT. Aan de basis van deze tool staat GPT-4, het baanbrekende Large Language Model achter ChatGPT. The productivity of business service providers will increase dramatically due to Microsoft Copilot. And next month the tool will already go live for large Microsoft customers (Enterprise customers).

But then what exactly is it? Take a look at the video below:

As seen in the video above, Copilot will be very widely used. Therefore, we have listed a number of use cases that legal professionals will use on a daily basis in the future:

  • Summarize documents (even several at once);
  • Check for spelling, tone of voice and correctness directly from Word;
  • Convert Word documents to PowerPoint or vice versa;
  • Translate an entire file (even PowerPoint);
  • Teams meetings minutes and automatic summaries;
  • Generate to-do lists from Teams meetings;
  • Generate emails directly from Outlook
  • Check emails for spelling, tone of voice and correctness directly from Outlook;
  • Easily customize formatting of documents, such as contracts
  • And actually almost all the functionalities that ChatGPT also offers.

We will begin to see the actual impact of Copilot in the coming months. Because this tool is driven with Natural Language (plain language) rather than code language, legal professionals are more likely to embrace the tool. Still, there are some challenges specific to the legal profession:

  • Is Microsoft 365 already deployed (properly) by the office?
  • Documents are often stored in a DMS, how is the connection between Copilot and the DMS?
  • Documents are often additionally protected by permissions. Copilot works with the permissions set in the Microsoft tenant. However, these are not already set properly in every office, so this will need to be looked at carefully before Copilot is activated.
  • Copilot too (to a lesser extent) will be able to hallucinate: output that sounds good but is not correct. How do we ensure that employees always check output for correctness?
  • Will the data and computing power be delivered from a data center located in the EU, or preferably in the Netherlands?

Conclusion

Microsoft Copilot offers promising opportunities for the legal market. However, as with any new technology, it is important to recognize the challenges and address them responsibly. With the right training and commitment, Copilot can be a valuable addition to any legal team.

What can you do as an office right now?

Read up, make a plan and modernize your IT infrastructure.

By reading this blog you are already reading up, so good job! In addition, you can already do a good job today of identifying what would need to change in the office in order to use AI tools like Copilot in the future. If there is an internal 5-year plan for IT setup, try to accelerate its implementation. Are there any applications that need to be replaced or even end-of-life? If so, give these projects a higher priority. No one knows exactly how much effect these tools will have, but optimizing your IT infrastructure is a good idea either way 😉