Announcing updates to Copilot for Microsoft 365 availability

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Today, we announced that Copilot for Microsoft 365 will be available to purchase for faculty and staff with Microsoft 365 A3 and A5 licenses beginning January 1, 2024. Also, starting in early February 2024, Microsoft Copilot (formerly Bing Chat Enterprise) will be available for all faculty users and Higher Education students who are 18 years or older. 


Copilot for Microsoft 365 available for Education faculty and staff 

Beginning on January 1, 2024, Copilot for Microsoft 365 will be generally available for Microsoft 365 A3 and A5 faculty for $30 per user per month with a 300-seat minimum per tenant. Copilot for Microsoft 365 combines the power of large language models (LLMs) with your organization’s data – all in the flow of work – to turn your words into one of the most powerful productivity tools on the planet. We’re excited to bring generative AI to educational institution faculty and staff, benefitting their impactful work across research, communications, marketing, data analysis, fundraising, and management. 


Copilot inherits your organization’s security, compliance, and privacy policies set up in Microsoft 365. To learn more about Copilot for Microsoft 365, you can review documentation including requirements, setup, and information about privacy, security, and compliance 


Educational institutions interested in purchasing Copilot for Microsoft 365 should contact their account teams.  


Microsoft Copilot with commercial data protection available to faculty and higher education students  

We’re also excited to announce that beginning in early February we’re expanding availability of Microsoft Copilot with commercial data protection (formerly Bing Chat Enterprise) to all faculty, staff, and higher education students age 18+ . Eligible users, when signed in with their Entra ID account, can access Microsoft Copilot with commercial data protection from,, or through Copilot in Microsoft Edge and Copilot in Windows. Copilot with commercial data protection means that data is protected, chat data is not saved, Microsoft has no eyes-on access to it, and it is not used to train foundation models. Learn more in this article 


Get started 

Our education customers can start getting ready for Copilot now. Validate your educational institution type in the Microsoft 365 admin center, and indicate student eligibility in the Microsoft Entra admin center by updating the “Age Group” and “Consent Provided” fields. For more details on what you can do to prepare for Microsoft Copilot in your Education tenant, review this blog. 


To learn more about managing Copilot, including how to disable it, review this documentation. Admins will see the service plan attached to their user’s Microsoft 365 license in late January and rollout will begin in early February. 


For more information, read the full announcement. 

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