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Microsoft offers AI Copilot Pro, a chatbot that requires a $20 monthly membership

In an effort to give customers access to a more potent artificial intelligence (AI) tool, Microsoft announced on Monday the release of a new, subscription-based version of its Copilot program.

For its Bing search engine and Microsoft Edge browser, Microsoft released a free version of its AI Copilot last year. Microsoft’s regular Copilot comes with a number of capabilities that are not present in the new Copilot Pro, which will be offered for $20 a month.

Yusuf Mehdi, executive vice president and consumer chief marketing officer at Microsoft, wrote, “Today we’re announcing the availability of Copilot Pro, a new subscription that delivers the most advanced features and capabilities of Microsoft Copilot to individuals looking to supercharge their Copilot experience.”

“Whether you need advanced help with writing, coding, designing, researching or learning, Copilot Pro brings greater performance, productivity and creativity,” Mehdi stated.

The AI helper will be accessible through the subscription-based Copilot Pro in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Excel (where a preview is only available in English), and OneNote. A subscription to Microsoft 365 Personal and Family plans will grant users of those PC, Mac, and iPad programs access to the utility as well.

Microsoft stated that priority access to the newest AI models, such as OpenAI’s GPT-4 Turbo, is also granted to Copilot Pro members. As part of the deal, members can access GPT-4 Turbo during peak hours to enhance performance. Eventually, users will be able to switch between models to personalize their experience.

Through Image Creator from Designer—previously known as Bing Image Creator—Microsoft will also offer Copilot Pro users improved AI image generating. According to the company, users of the new software will receive 100 boosts every day, which will expedite the process of creating photographs. Additionally, users will be able to choose between a landscape or portrait image format and receive better detailed images.

In a Copilot GPT Builder feature that Microsoft has stated is on the way, Copilot Pro subscribers will also be able to create their own Copilot GPT, which is a personalized version of Copilot that is adapted to a particular topic based on user prompts.

Additionally, Microsoft revealed that Copilot will now include new capabilities like Copilot GPTs, an iOS and Android mobile app, and integration with the Microsoft 365 mobile app.

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