A while ago, Microsoft made an exciting announcement that Windows 11 would be receiving a new AI feature called Copilot—a remarkable “personal assistant” designed to replace Cortana within the operating system.
Now, Windows Insiders using Dev Channel Build 23493 can get their hands on Copilot, and it’s shaping up to be an indispensable helper for users.
Enhanced Functionality for Windows Insiders
If you’re part of the Windows Insider program and using Dev Channel Build 23493, you now have access to the new Copilot feature. This innovative addition allows users to conveniently access various Windows features that are typically buried deep within menus.
According to the Windows 11 insider blog (via Tom’s Hardware), Windows Copilot appears as a side bar docked to the right of your screen, ensuring it doesn’t overlap with your desktop content.
This setup allows Copilot to run seamlessly alongside your open application windows, enabling easy interaction whenever you need assistance.
Effortless Navigation and More
Windows AI Copilot goes beyond simple navigation assistance. In addition to helping you find your way around Windows 11, it can suggest personalized Spotify playlists, provide summaries of document contents, and even assist with executing complex tasks without the need to open the Command Prompt.
For example, you can ask Copilot to perform actions like “Change to dark mode” or even request it to help you create a story about a dog living on the moon.
The latter example highlights the versatility of Copilot, showcasing its capability to handle a wide range of Windows functions.
For users who may be hesitant to tinker with the Command Prompt, Copilot offers an ideal solution. As someone who cringes at the thought of opening that little black console, I can certainly relate. Just imagine saying, “Copilot, could you please navigate to my user desktop and run X264 in 32-bit mode?
After that, average out the four-second runs and input the result in the correct prebuilt system column of this Excel spreadsheet.” Such automation would be invaluable for tasks like benchmarking, although I do wonder if it can handle such intricate requests.
However, one concern I have is accidentally triggering Copilot while using the Win + C shortcut, which is currently assigned to the Teams Chat feature—a feature rarely used by most people.
Customizable Conversation Styles
Similar to Microsoft’s integration of the ChatGPT chatbot into Bing, Copilot offers users the option to choose between different conversation styles: creative, balanced, and precise. This choice aims to make the AI interactions feel more natural and acceptable, reducing any sense of AI-generated “hallucinations,” as it were.
Despite the incredible potential of Copilot, we must be mindful of potential pitfalls. Given the trend of companies leveraging AI to promote products, it is worth considering whether Copilot may become another platform for Microsoft to intensify Windows 11 advertisements. While centralized AI assistance has its advantages, hidden agendas are a valid concern.
Although the exact timeline for the release of Copilot in standard Windows 11 builds remains unclear, those eager to experience it firsthand can sign up for the Windows Insider program and gain early access.
Windows AI Copilot holds tremendous promise for enhancing the Windows 11 user experience, simplifying tasks, and providing valuable assistance. As this remarkable AI-powered personal assistant continues to develop, we can expect it to revolutionize the way we interact with our operating systems.