Windows Copilot: Microsoft’s operating system gets even smarter
Microsoft is clearly focusing on the integration of artificial intelligence into its operating system. During the developer conference Build 2023, the public was allowed to take a first look at the Windows Copilot. This is to stand to the user with the use of Windows as a helpful tool at any time to the side.
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Windows Copilot takes users by the hand
The artificial intelligence competition is currently raging throughout the tech world. Big tech corporations like Google, Amazon and Microsoft are trying to get into winning positions in the process. Microsoft is definitely well on its way there. Ever since it was announced that the company invested $10 billion in ChatGPT developer OpenAI, the stars have been very bright for the Windows developer. From the beginning, it was clear that Microsoft would not only like to upgrade its in-house search engine Bing with the help of artificial intelligence. On top of that, they are apparently planning behind the scenes to integrate extensive helpers into their own Office programs. Now the tech company has shown its cards for the first time. At the renowned developer conference Build 2023, we were given a detailed look at the possibilities of the so-called Windows Copilot for the first time.
This is an AI-supported assistant that is supposed to facilitate the use of the entire operating system. Windows emphasizes the permanent accessibility of the helper with its conspicuous placement. Similar to the search field, the copilot should be easily accessible at all times. During the presentation, it could be seen that Microsoft places the corresponding field in the taskbar. Similar to ChatGPT, communication with the Windows Copilot is supposed to be surprisingly easy. According to Microsoft, you can communicate with it just like with a human being. This means that you should be able to type your request comfortably in the corresponding field. The cool thing is that the AI always refers to the currently open window. That sounds like an impressive workflow.
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Does Copilot offer a revolution?
Surely, you won’t need the support of the helpful tool at all times. That’s why, according to Microsoft, the tool can be opened and closed at any time. However, once you do need it, it should be able to make your life easier. For example, if you have opened a long document, Windows Copilot should be able to summarize it quickly and easily. This is supposed to provide user comfort above all. Apart from that, Microsoft promises a few more features. One foundation of the useful tool is Bing AI. The AI-based search engine can find the right answer to pretty much any question based on information from the World Wide Web. However, this feature is not really new, as the AI version of the search engine is already available now. With Windows Copilot, Microsoft then expands the whole thing to include access to system settings themselves.
Compatibility with other applications
The fact that Windows Copilot is not only suitable for Microsoft’s own apps sounds particularly practical. With the help of plugins, the AI helper should also be able to get along with products from third-party manufacturers. Of course, the cooperation of the developers is required. If they do not take care of the corresponding plug-ins, Copilot will not be able to work here either. However, a cooperation has already been established. The Windows Copilot will be based on the ChatGPT technology. This is a smart move, as it makes it easier for developers to program the corresponding plugins. After all, one plugin will then be enough to power both ChatGPT and Windows Copilot.
A particularly important question is, of course, when the Windows Copilot will be available. Microsoft states that they want to release a preview version first. This will certainly only be available to selected users. All other Windows 11 users should then be able to enjoy the AI helper in the course of the year.
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