Microsoft has been on a roll lately with some very useful features thanks to its artificial intelligence assistant Copilot, and it looks like OneDrive is finally getting a much-needed AI boost. Soon, you'll be able to search files and find relevant information by simply asking the question you want Copilot to answer, without having to open the file.
Let's say you're looking for a specific picture or quote, but you have too many files to start searching, or you're like me and don't have anything organized in folders (oops). Instead of opening and skimming through all your documents to find the specific information you're looking for, you can launch Copilot and tell it what you want to search for. When you ask someone to search for specific information from a lecture presentation or group project, Copilot scans the file and provides relevant answers.
according to MS power userThis feature works with multiple file types such as DOC, DOCX, PDF, and TXT, so you're not limited to just Word documents.
This feature is part of Microsoft's 365 roadmap and is expected to be released to users sometime in May 2024. We hope to see this feature trickled down to Microsoft's free Office for Web suite (formerly known as Office Online), which includes an in-browser version. Microsoft Word and 5GB of OneDrive cloud storage.
Victory for unorganized girls
This feature alone is enough to keep me away from Google Drive for convenience alone. There's nothing worse than having to crawl through folders and files to find what you're looking for.
I would have appreciated this feature when I was in college, especially since I had tons of notes and textbooks scattered around my school's One Drive account. Combined with Copilot, I was able to find what I was looking for much faster and saved myself from quite a bit of panic.
If you work in an industry that deals with new documents containing important information every day, or if your students are constantly downloading research papers and textbooks, Copilot's AI-powered skill set will give you a new, nifty new skill set. The added features are well worth taking a look at. .
It's a shame that this feature is locked behind a Microsoft 365 subscription, but it's not surprising. Microsoft has invested a lot of time and money into Copilot, so it makes sense that they would use more advanced features to encourage people to pay for a subscription, but if they put all of the most exciting features behind a paywall, , there is a danger that Copilot may struggle to gain the popularity it should. Microsoft probably doesn't want you to get another Clippy or Cortana.