Microsoft Copilot available to employees starting Nov. 29

Starting Nov. 29, 2023, McMaster faculty and staff will have access to Microsoft Copilot (formerly known as Bing Chat Enterprise) with their McMaster Microsoft licenses. This service will not be available to students at this time due to restrictions with our campus license.

Copilot is a generative artificial intelligence (AI) chat assistant that can help with tasks such as searching the web, generating written content, creating images, re-writing existing content, and more. This institutionally licensed version of Copilot uses data from the web but by design does not have access to McMaster organizational data or content within your Microsoft 365 account, such as documents in OneDrive, emails, or Outlook calendar.

When you use this version of Copilot with your McMaster credentials, none of the information exchanged in the chat is stored or used to train AI models. Neither McMaster nor Microsoft can access or use the data in any way.

Learn how to access and use the institutionally licensed version of Copilot on McMaster’s Discover and Learn site: Start here with Copilot 

You are also encouraged to read the Terms of Use and Microsoft’s Privacy Statement before using this version of Copilot to fully inform yourself of the way it works with your data.

McMaster University will continue to evaluate other AI-powered enterprise services and tools from a budgetary, security, risk, and privacy perspective. This includes Copilot for Microsoft 365, which requires additional licensing costs and will not be available to McMaster employees at this time.

If you have any questions about using Copilot or want to stay up-to-date about drop-in sessions and training information, please join the Microsoft Community of Practice for staff.

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