Today Microsoft and Thomson Reuters are announcing a unique partnership for the integration of Thomson Reuters content including generative AI capabilities into the Microsoft 365 Copilot product. According to the Press Release:

Working with Microsoft, Thomson Reuters has developed a contract drafting solution, powered by its legal products and content, and Copilot for Word. Delivering users with a draft working document and access to trusted content right where work happens – in Microsoft Word, professionals can use their expertise to edit, validate, and build the final document with integrated access to Thomson Reuters knowledge, content, and AI technology.

A demonstration of the integration between Thomson Reuters Legal Drafting, powered by its legal products and content, and Microsoft 365 Copilot for Word will be shown during this week’s Microsoft Build event in Seattle. In the demo, Copilot creates a draft contract with help from a Thomson Reuters plugin that surfaces intelligence and content from Westlaw, Practical Law, and Document Intelligence – delivering in minutes work that used to take hours directly into Microsoft Word.

“Microsoft 365 Copilot is reinventing productivity for people and organizations, and we are thrilled to collaborate with Thomson Reuters to extend Copilot with new AI-powered experiences that will support legal professionals by saving them time and helping them drive value for the clients and businesses they serve,” said Andrew Lindsay, Corporate Vice President of Industry, Apps & Data, Business Development at Microsoft.

Watch the demonstration here.

Market Watch: Generative AI has brought both opportunity and uncertainty to the legal research and tech marketplace. Everyone if planting a flag on the LLM ( Large Language Model) mountain. Westlaw’s main competitor LexisNexis has their own integrations with Microsoft products such as Teams, Matter Management and Office. Clearly being integrated into the platform where lawyers draft documents will provide huge opportunities for long term integration and control of legal spending on content.