- Microsoft has introduced “Windows Copilot,” an AI chatbot that is integrated into Windows 11.
- Windows Copilot is expected to allow Windows 11 users to interact with an AI chatbot that can help them with various tasks, such as summarizing, rewriting, or explaining content, changing settings, or answering questions.
- To use Copilot, users must have a Windows Build 23493 or higher in the Dev Channel, and Microsoft Edge version 115.0.1901.150 or higher.
In a blog post, Windows Insider Program Heads Amanda Langowski and Brandon LeBlanc announced the release of the preview “Windows Copilot” to Windows Insiders in the Dev Channel through a controlled feature rollout, including an integrated UI experience, with additional functionality coming down the road in future previews.
This move by Microsoft makes Windows one of the first PC platforms to provide centralized AI assistance for its users.
What is Windows Copilot?
First introduced in May 2023, Windows Copilot is one of the newest features of Windows 11 that utilize artificial intelligence (AI) technology.
Once it is available to the public, it is expected to allow its users to interact with an AI chatbot that can help them with various tasks, such as summarizing, rewriting, or explaining content, changing settings, or answering questions.
And since it is powered by Bing AI, Windows Copilot can be accessed in the Taskbar and the sidebar of Windows 11 by clicking on the Copilot icon. Users can also use plugins from OpenAI and other third-party sources.
Basically, it has the same function as Bing Chat, but instead of being integrated into Microsoft Edge, it is integrated into users’ desktops. Users can also ask Copilot to produce an image that is powered by DALL-E, another AI tool that can create realistic images and art from a description in natural language.
Aside from the chatbot, Microsoft also introduced a new Hybrid AI loop to support AI development across platforms, and across Azure to clients with new silicon support from AMD, Intel, Nvidia, and Qualcomm; and Dev Home, a platform designed to help every developer become more productive on Windows.
How to Access Preview Mode in Windows Copilot?
To use Copilot, users must have a Windows Build 23493 or higher in the Dev Channel, and Microsoft Edge version 115.0.1901.150 or higher.
To get started, just click on the new button on the taskbar (or WIN + C) to launch Windows Copilot. Windows Copilot will use the same Microsoft account (MSA) or Azure Active Directory (AAD) account used to sign in to Windows.
“Windows Copilot will appear as a side bar docked to the right where it won’t overlap with your desktop content and will run unobstructed alongside your open app windows, allowing you to interact with Windows Copilot anytime you need,” Windows Insider Program explained.
Meanwhile, for this preview mode, users can ask Copilot to:
- “Change to dark mode.”
- “Turn on do not disturb.”
- “Take a screenshot”
- “Summarize this website” (Active tab in Microsoft Edge)
- “Write a story about a dog who lives on the moon.”
- “Make me a picture of a serene koi fishpond with lily pads.”
Lastly, Microsoft admitted that Copilot, like any other chatbot available, is prone to errors as it is still in the development stage. So to help, users may submit feedback after using the tool.
“We are beginning to roll this out, so the experience isn’t available to all Insiders in the Dev Channel just yet as we plan to monitor feedback and see how it lands before pushing it out to everyone,” the provider concluded.
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