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September 14, 2023

Microsoft Copilot vs. Google Duet: The titanic battle of AI assistants

Since OpenAI launched its ChatGPT Chatbot in 2022, technology giants such as Microsoft and Google managed to hog the limelight with their own AI assistants, Copilot and Duet, respectively. With their advanced natural language processing, both tools promise to improve productivity, promote digital literacy among employees and leverage existing data in new and innovative ways.

Availability and prices:

Both Google Duet and Microsoft Copilot are currently in the preview phase. To access both tools, one must register. For Microsoft, this means signing up as a company with Microsoft 365 and being part of the Windows Insider program. For Google Duet, you must be enrolled in Google Cloud and submit a request for preview. Both AI assistants cost $30 per user per month.

Applicability and compatibility:

Microsoft’s Copilot and Google’s Duet both work only with their own company’s tools. Copilot is embedded in Microsoft 365 and its office tools, while Duet works with Google Sheets, Docs, Slides, Gmail and Meet.

What can they do?

Both Copilot and Duet are designed to enrich their respective apps and services with AI features. In text editors such as Word and Docs, Duet and Copilot can be used to generate text, check documents, and suggest grammatical corrections or structure changes. In Outlook and Gmail, the AI can help write or check emails.

Choosing between Copilot and Duet:

Both AI tools can greatly improve productivity in their respective applications. The choice depends mainly on the applications you use often. Google Duet is ideal if you primarily use Google’s services and apps, while Microsoft’s Copilot is the best choice for Teams and Microsoft Office applications users. But if we had to pick one clear winner, Microsoft’s Copilot currently has the edge. Copilot for now has a better handle on data integration of different apps.

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