Microsoft has unveiled Windows Copilot, an AI-powered personal assistant aimed at enhancing users’ productivity and creativity. Available as a free update for Windows 11, the new feature can be accessed through a dedicated button on the taskbar.
“We’re thrilled to introduce Windows Copilot. Windows is the first PC platform to provide centralized AI assistance for customers. Together, with Bing Chat and first- and third-party plugins, you can focus on bringing your ideas to life, completing complex projects and collaborating instead of spending energy finding, launching and working across multiple applications.”
Panos Panay, Chief Product Officer, Windows and Devices
Harnessing the power of artificial intelligence, the Copilot learns from users’ typing and writing patterns to provide helpful suggestions for task completion. Whether it’s offering a compelling sentence for an email or aiding in document editing, code writing, or presentation creation, the Copilot lends a helping hand.
While still in development, it has already learned to perform many tasks that are commonly used by Windows users. Microsoft is confident that the assistant will continue to learn and evolve, becoming an increasingly valuable tool for users.
How Windows Copilot Works
It uses a combination of machine learning and natural language processing to analyze users’ typing and writing patterns. As users begin typing, the AI assistant examines the text and proposes potential completions. Users have the liberty to accept or reject these suggestions, allowing the Copilot to continuously improve over time.
Currently available in English, Microsoft has plans to expand language support for the Copilot in the future. The company is also working on broadening the range of tasks that the Copilot can assist with.
Advantages of Windows Copilot
It offers several advantages to users, including:
- Enhanced productivity: By suggesting text completions, the Copilot saves users time and effort, particularly during complex tasks, thereby boosting productivity.
- Stimulated creativity: It provides users with fresh ideas and phrases, fueling creativity for projects and presentations.
- Error reduction: It helps minimize errors by offering potential corrections, resulting in more accurate work.
How to Get Windows Copilot
It is accessible through a free update for Windows 11. To install it, open the Windows Update app and check for updates. If Windows Copilot is available, you can find in the updates. Click the “Install” button to proceed.
Once installed, the Copilot can be accessed via the Windows Copilot button on the taskbar—an icon resembling a speech bubble. Clicking the button will open the Copilot sidebar, where users can view and respond to suggestions. As users accept or reject suggestions, the Copilot continues to learn and improve its performance.
Panos Panay made other important announcements which include extending Bing Chat plugins to Windows, introducing a new Hybrid AI loop, and introducing Dev Home and new AI features and experiences in the Microsoft Store on Windows.