Microsoft is introducing an AI assistant called Copilot to Windows 11. Similar to the Copilot features already seen in Edge, Office apps, and GitHub, Windows Copilot will be integrated directly into Windows 11 and accessible across all apps and programs via the taskbar.
Windows Copilot aims to serve as a consistent personal assistant across the operating system. It's designed to help users take actions, customize settings, and connect seamlessly across their favorite apps. Moreover, it can summarize content in apps, rewrite it, or even explain it.
Copilot will not replace the search bar on the Windows 11 taskbar. It will have a separate button, similar to the dedicated Cortana button in Windows 10. The Copilot can also perform actions like adjusting settings for better focus on a user's behalf.
Microsoft will allow developers to extend plug-ins written for Bing or OpenAI’s ChatGPT to Windows Copilot, enabling it to adopt new functionalities created for ChatGPT and Bing. This development will also facilitate future improvements to be automatically implemented into Windows Copilot.
The public testing of Windows Copilot will begin in June before its broader roll-out to existing Windows 11 users. Microsoft's move aligns with its prior hints about integrating AI features into Windows, emphasizing its ongoing commitment to AI technologies.