Get started with Microsoft 365 Copilot


The information in this article only applies to the Microsoft 365 Copilot Early Access Program, an invite-only preview program for commercial customers. Details are subject to change.

Microsoft 365 Copilot is an AI-powered productivity tool that uses large language models (LLMs) and integrates your data with the Microsoft Graph and Microsoft 365 Apps. It works alongside popular Microsoft 365 Apps such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Teams, and more. Copilot provides real-time intelligent assistance, enabling users to enhance their creativity, productivity, and skills. This article covers the technical requirements to access and configure Microsoft 365 Copilot once you're invited to the Early Access Program.

Prerequisites for Microsoft 365 Copilot

Before you can access Copilot, you must meet these requirements:

  • The following applications must be deployed for your users, which seamlessly integrate with Microsoft 365 Copilot and other applications:
    • Word
    • Excel
    • PowerPoint
    • Outlook
    • Microsoft Teams
    • OneDrive
    • SharePoint
    • Exchange

To get started with the implementation process, see Deployment guide for Microsoft 365 Apps.


This note only applies to Microsoft 365 Apps for enterprise subscribers. Your users must be on the Current Channel to access Copilot. To learn more, see update channels for Microsoft 365 Apps.


We previously stated that support for the Monthly Enterprise Channel was available for Microsoft 365 Copilot. As we continue to make frequent product updates and enhancements during the early access program, the time between updates in the Monthly Enterprise Channel limits Microsoft's ability to provide an optimum Copilot experience on desktop clients. Going forward, users in the early access program must be on the Current Channel to receive Copilot updates when they become available. We expect support in the Monthly Enterprise Channel in the future.

Manage licenses for Copilot

You can manage Microsoft 365 Copilot licenses from the Microsoft 365 admin center. You can assign licenses to individual users or to groups of users, as well as reassign licenses to other users.  

To access license management in the Microsoft 365 admin center, go to Billing > Licenses.

You can also assign licenses in bulk to groups of users through the Azure admin center or assign licenses to users with PowerShell. For more information, see Assign Microsoft 365 licenses to users.

Security and privacy

Microsoft 365 Copilot ensures data security and privacy by adhering to existing obligations and integrating with your organization's policies. It utilizes your Microsoft Graph content with the same access controls as other Microsoft 365 services. To learn more about privacy with Microsoft 365 Copilot, see Data, Privacy, and Security for Microsoft 365 Copilot.

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