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What is Windows Copilot? The Microsoft AI explained

Microsoft has announced a new AI companion called Copilot, which will be integrated into Windows 11, Microsoft 365, Edge and Bing.

Microsoft is pitching it as the replacement to Cortana, with far more advanced AI technology helping you complete everyday tasks on your PC even easier than before. Microsoft says that Copilot makes “a new era of AI”.

Microsoft has confirmed that Windows Copilot will begin rolling out on 26th September 2023. But what exactly is Windows Copilot, and how can it benefit you? Keep reading on for a full breakdown.

What is Windows Copilot?

Windows Copilot is essentially an upgraded and much smarter version of Clippy and Cortana rolled into one, using artificial intelligence to help you complete tasks effortlessly.

Microsoft claims that it can rewrite, summarise or explain the content on screen. It can also be asked a range of questions, in a similar vein to Cortona. Thanks to the ChatGPT and Bing plug-ins in Copilot, users will be able to benefit from generative AI capabilities.

Microsoft Copilot prompt
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Copilot will be available in all the standard Microsoft365 apps, including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook. Turning it on is very simple; it lives in the taskbar and once open, the Copilot sidebar stays consistent across apps, programmes and windows to act as a personal assistant.

Windows Copilot is built on the same core foundations as Bing Chat. The company says that developers can extend plug-ins written for OpenAI’s ChatGPT or Bing to Copilot. This could allow for further advancements down the line and make it as capable as some of its AI-powered rivals.

Microsoft Copilot prompts
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When can I use Windows Copilot?

Microsoft has confirmed that Windows Copilot will launch on 26th September 2023.

It will be automatically added to Microsoft services such as Windows 11, Microsoft 365, Bing and Edge following an update on this date.

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