Microsoft Corporation has set a high price for access to Copilot assistant based on artificial intelligence. For customers of Microsoft 365 E3, E5, Business Standard and Business Premium, it will be $30 per month, writes The Verge.

In a few months, about 600 corporate customers tested Microsoft 365 Copilot within the paid early access program. Firms such as KPMG, Lumen and Emirates NBD have gained access.

“We’re learning that the more customers use Copilot, the more their enthusiasm for Copilot grows,” says Yusuf Mehdi, Microsoft’s head of consumer marketing, in a blog post today. “Soon, no one will want to work without it.”

Microsoft is trying to update its Office programs with Copilot, an AI-powered service that lets companies instantly summarize documents, create emails and speed up Excel analysis.

And while Microsoft 365 Copilot looks attractive, its price can scare users away. Part of the reason for the high price is that the corporation is investing in developing its AI-powered offerings. Microsoft invested billions of dollars in a partnership with OpenAI to launch this program from the ground up.

Along with the Copilot price announcement, Microsoft also announced the launch of Bing Chat Enterprise. It’s essentially the same Bing Chat available to consumers, but with the added protection of commercial data. The company is launching its previous version for free for Microsoft 365 E3, E5, Business Standard and Business Premium customers.

We will remind that in the spring Microsoft announced Copilot assistant based on OpenAI GPT-4 artificial intelligence, which will become part of the Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Teams office programs.