Microsoft now allows users to create Copilot prompts grounded in their work content

The new feature will be available starting April 2024.

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Copilot prompts

Starting in April, Microsoft will allow users to create prompts for Copilot that are grounded in their work content done in Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint. The work can include chats, documents, meetings, emails, and so on, and the prompts will force Copilot to come up with answers related to the work users have done.

This would effectively allow for a more specific conversation between users and Copilot which can greatly enhance and improve productivity, as the tasks Copilot completes are now based on existing data.

When using Copilot in Word, Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint, you will be able to create prompts grounded in your work content – your chats, documents, meetings, and emails – not just the currently open file. This brings the ability to the same capabilities from the dedicated Copilot chat experiences (e.g. Work tab at, the Teams app, directly into the apps. If you’re writing a document and want to remember the date of an upcoming deadline or drafting an email and want to incorporate action items from yesterday or notes from a recent meeting, just open Copilot in the right pane and ask.


In a blog post, Microsoft said the feature is set to be gradually released to users in April, and the Redmond-based tech giant also has several other new capabilities in store for the AI model for the next month.

It includes some big changes coming for the Microsoft 365 app for mobile users. Android and iOS users will be able to get information based on their company’s data with Copilot.

This means employees will be able to use Copilot to get information about previous meetings, chats, conversations, and even documents. The tool will even create documents based on company data.

Starting today, you can use Copilot in the Microsoft 365 mobile app to connect to and reason across your enterprise data – your chats, documents, meetings, and emails.  Anyone with a commercial license for Copilot for Microsoft 365 can use the app to:  

  • Stay on top of the workday and let Copilot catch you up on pre-reads, meetings, conversations, and document updates. 
  • Ask Copilot to summarize, translate, explain documents, or ask questions about any content, and receive answers grounded in organizational data.  
  • Create work documents, emails, blogs, or presentations by generating content based on their inputs, existing information, and past work.  

Aside from this, Microsoft has explained that Copilot can be interacted directly with on Outlook, now, and the Redmond-based tech giant also updated it to support new ways for users to engage with it in Excel, even though the tool is still in public preview.

Microsoft recently updated Copilot to let users delete the entire chat history at once, and it would be interesting if that feature could also be available in these situations.

You can read the entire blog post here.

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