OpenAI’s GPT-4 Turbo is Now Free in Microsoft Copilot, Here’s How to Use It

Copilot users can now access GPT-4 Turbo for free, meaning more accurate, better results. We show you how to get it today.

Microsoft’s Copilot AI chatbot was already the best way to use GPT-4 for free. Now, it’s got even better by adding the more advanced GPT-4 Turbo model to its engine room.

The news that GPT-4 Turbo is beginning to replace GPT-4 as the large language model, or LLM, that powers the free version of Copilot is a big deal for a few reasons.

Namely, it shows that Microsoft is continuing to add value to its Copilot offering by giving everyone access to the latest and greatest AI chatbot capabilities, whether they want to pony up a month subscription fee or not.

By way of background, GPT-4 Turbo was previously only available on Copilot Pro, which costs $20 a month, or the same as OpenAI’s own ChatGPT Plus tier.

Now, here are the other reasons why it’s important, how it compares to the old Copilot with GPT-4. and of course how to use GPT-4 Turbo on Copilot yourself.

Why You Should Care About GPT-4 Turbo on Copilot

Copilot integrating the GPT-4 Turbo model into its free version was first announced on X (formerly Twitter) by top Microsoft exec Mikhail Parakhin. As befits a reveal by the tech giant’s CEO of Advertising and Web Services, it’s worth getting excited about.

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That’s because, as we’ve said, GPT-4 Turbo is more advanced than GPT-4, meaning in real world usage it will give you better responses, faster.

For starters, its context window is 128k tokens, compared to just 32k with GPT-4. In practice, this means that an AI chatbot powered by GPT-4 Turbo is able to process more than 4x the amount of text.

While many casual users may never get close to using its full context window, it means you’re able to prompt it with way more context to improve your output results, if you want.

It also has a more recent knowledge cut-off date, which in plain English means when you ask it something, it’s able to draw on more current information to informing its response. For GPT-4 Turbo, it’s pulling info up to April 2023, while older versions are restricted to January 2022.

Plus, as we’ve said, it’s all free – provided you know where to access GPT-4 Turbo in Copilot, of course.

How to Use GPT-4 Turbo in Copilot for Free

Anyone can now get OpenAI’s smarter GPT-4 Turbo model in Copilot for free, though you have to choose to use the chatbot in Creative or Precise Mode to activate it.

From start to finish, here’s how to do it:

  • Go to the Microsoft Copilot website
  • In the top right-hand corner, click ‘Sign in’
  • Sign in to (or create) your Microsoft account
  • Now, select ‘Creative’ or ‘Precise’ under ‘Choose a conversation style’
Screenshot of Microsoft Copilot showing how to choose Creative or Precise mode and use GPT-4 Turbo

From there, you’ll now have automatically enabled GPT-4 Turbo in the background of Copilot, which we rate as one of the best AI chatbots you can use.

Among other things, Microsoft also recently added the ability to make custom GPTs in Copilot. This means when you do train it up on a series of prompts you find useful for a specific task, you can now save it use in future without the need to do the instructive legwork every time.

How GPT-4 Turbo in Copilot Performs When Tested

We also wanted to see how Copilot with GPT-4 Turbo performed compared to GPT-4. To do this, I asked it to answer the popular tongue-twister: “How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?”

Turbo was clearly superior, as GPT-4 initially didn’t even attempt to logically answer the query, however whimsical it might be.

Screenshot of Copilot responding with GPT-4 model

GPT-4 Turbo, on the other hand, went all-in with the logical side of things and cited an appropriate reference in trying to solve the iconic if nonsensical query.

Screenshot showing GPT-4 Turbo response in Copilot

It’s important to remember that these responses, while informed heavily by the differences between Turbo and regular GPT-4, are also influenced by “Balanced” mode compared to “Precise” mode.

Your mileage may vary, but my initial impressions based on this and other questions I asked Copilot, such as about the Eagles’ succession plans for Jason Kelce, are that most people will now want to toggle between Precise and Creative modes, leaving Balanced mode largely in the dust.

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James Laird is a technology journalist with 10+ years experience working on some of the world's biggest websites. These include TechRadar, Trusted Reviews, Lifehacker, Gizmodo and The Sun, as well as industry-specific titles such as ITProPortal. His particular areas of interest and expertise are cyber security, VPNs and general hardware.
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