Corporate ESI lives (and grows) in M365. I spend a lot of time researching and testing new M365 functionality to advise clients on how to meet eDiscovery, compliance and retention requirements. When my friend Jason Velasco posted his “Implement Microsoft 365 Copilot” badge, I knew that I had to pause my Purview testing to dive into Copilot. Only to determine that Copilot license currently has a minimum 300 seat requirement at $30/month on top of E3/E5. A $9,000 per month pilot cost is a huge hurdle for even large enterprises who want to validate the potential value and risk of LLM enabled Office apps.

My real concern is that Copilot has been released as Generally Available without allowing independent techies like me to put it through its paces. Sure, Microsoft employees, MVP’s and beta users have had access. But their program agreements include confidentiality clauses that tend to keep most from publishing anything unfavorable to Microsoft. I do not believe that Copilot poses an immediate risk that should block deployment. It offers significant potential value in knowledge retention/recall and overall generative efficiency. I just want to understand it well enough to help clients anticipate any downstream impact for inadvertent errors and evidence authentication (“Copilot made me say that!”).

If your company is testing or even adopting Copilot, I want to hear about it. Especially if you are an eDiscovery peer.

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