bp to use Microsoft’s new artificial intelligence software

bp and Copilot for Microsoft 365

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Global oil and energy company bp is looking to harness the power of generative artificial intelligence (AI). bp is the 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 number of everyday tasks, such as writing emails and managing inboxes.

bp will be able to roll out access at scale across a significant portion of its global workforce from early 2024, the company said.

“This collaboration with Copilot for Microsoft 365 is a significant next step in bps’ digital transformation,” said Leigh-Ann Russell, bps executive vice president of innovation and engineering. “Harnessing the latest developments in AI-powered workplace solutions allows bp to transform how work is 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 to a success.”

The program will enable bp to help employees increase productivity, upskill, improve business performance and support innovation, the company said. bp can also provide insights to help shape the product’s future functionality.

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

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

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“Copilot for Microsoft 365 will help thousands of employees unlock creativity and empower them to focus on what really matters: solving problems, innovating and accelerating the energy transition,” said Clare Barclay, CEO of Microsoft UK ” We support bp as it puts this transformative technology into the hands of its people.”

Companies, including bp, using Copilot include Visa, Pfizer, Honda, Chevron, GM, Dell and the Mayo Clinic, according to Microsoft.

bp, Chicago, had 1,224 company-owned and operated c-store sites in the United States by the end of 2022. With the 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 earlier.

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