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bp to Use Microsoft’s New Artificial Intelligence Software

Copilot for Microsoft 365 uses AI, natural language processing to automate daily tasks
bp and Copilot for Microsoft 365
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Global oil and energy company bp is looking to leverage the power of generative artificial intelligence (AI). bp is a launch partner for Copilot for Microsoft 365, a cloud-based service that integrates with the Microsoft 365 ecosystem and uses AI and natural language processing to automate a variety of daily tasks, like writing emails and managing inboxes.

bp will be able to roll out access at scale across a substantial part of its global workforce starting in early 2024, the company said.

“This collaboration with Copilot for Microsoft 365 is a significant next step in bp’s digital transformation,” said Leigh-Ann Russell, bp’s executive vice president of innovation and engineering. “Leveraging the latest developments in AI-powered workplace solutions offers the opportunity for bp to transform how work gets done. Our ambition is to empower our people to spend more time on innovation and the problem-solving that will help make the energy transition a success.”

The program will allow bp to help employees boost productivity, upskill, enhance business performance and support innovation, the company said. bp may also give insights to help shape the future functionality of the product.

“bp has been using AI safely and responsibly in our operations for a number of years. Extending our work with a trusted partner such as Microsoft means that bp is one of the companies at the forefront of the global deployment of this tool,” Russell said.

Microsoft Copilot for Microsoft 365 combines the power of large language models (LLMs) with an organization’s data to turn words into one of the most powerful productivity tools on the planet, the company said. It works alongside apps such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Teams and more, providing real-time intelligence assistance.

“Copilot for Microsoft 365 will help thousands of employees unlock creativity and give them the ability to focus on what really matters: problem-solving, innovation and accelerating the energy transition,” said Clare Barclay, CEO of Microsoft U.K. “We're supporting bp as it puts this transformational technology in the hands of its people.”

Companies, including bp, that use Copilot include Visa, Pfizer, Honda, Chevron, gm, Dell and Mayo Clinic, according to Microsoft.

bp, Chicago, had 1,224 company-owned and -operated c-store sites in the United States as of year-end 2022. With its acquisition of TravelCenters of America in May, it added 280 travel centers to its store count. bp aims to be a net zero company by 2050 or sooner.

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