Microsoft officially rolls out new AI assistant Windows Copilot to Windows 11 Insiders today Use Dev Channel Build 23493. The new Assistant was just announced last month and will be available for the most dedicated Windows users to try. According to Microsoft, Windows Copilot will be a controlled feature rollout and you will need to use Windows 11 build 23493 and Edge version 115.0.1901.150 to try new features.
Copilot is, in many ways, the new AI assistant that succeeds Bing Chat Assistant, powered by ChatGPT, now built into Microsoft Edge. Essentially what Microsoft is doing with Windows Copilot is turning the browser-based assistant into a proper desktop application that is fully integrated within the Windows 11 desktop. However, based on the Edge browser’s requirements, Copilot appears to be an Edge-based service that is not (yet) fully integrated into Windows 11.
Once Windows Copilot is enabled, it can be activated by pressing WIN+C or clicking the new Copilot icon in the taskbar. From there, an AI assistant will pop up from the side window and allow you to interact with the application without disturbing your open windows. Like Bing Chat, Windows Copilot allows you to ask questions on any subject or topic and we’ll do our best to answer them satisfactorily.
In the future, Microsoft plans to expand Copilot to be more than just a search box. Ultimately, we will support a Bing Chat plugin, a new feature called Hybrid AI Loop for AI development, a new home productivity environment for developers (called Dev Home), and more.
More Features Added in This Latest Development Channel Build
Windows Copilot is just one of many features added to this latest Windows 11 development build. Another major addition is the new home page of the Settings app, which separates all the most commonly used settings into one area. The new home page includes settings for Bluetooth devices, Xbox services, Microsoft 365, personalization, account recovery, and cloud storage. There is also a Recommended Settings card that shows commonly used settings.
Another update added native support for open source archive file formats such as .rar, .7z, and .tar. Native support for these formats allows you to natively open these file types in File Explorer without having to install a third-party file browser like 7-Zip or WinRAR.
Other additions include new options for snap layouts, enhanced volume mixer in quick settings, improved app restore, and more. Be sure to check out the full patch notes for more details. here.