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Microsoft Quietly Retracts Copilot Feature from Windows Server 2025

Published March 29, 2024 3:00 PM
Giuseppe Ciccomascolo
Published March 29, 2024 3:00 PM

Key Takeaways

  • An insider showed Microsoft removed Copilot from Windows Server 2025 Build 26085.
  • Microsoft has not officially announced the removal.
  • What’s the company’s strategy for Copilot?

While the tech community buzzed with excitement over the latest Copilot features and the addition of a new button to the keyboard in Microsoft’s artificial intelligence (AI)-powered PCs, attention took a sharp turn when leaked news emerged about Copilot’s removal from the upcoming Windows Server 2025  update, sparking discussions across online platforms in the past few hours.

A Microsoft insider  broke the news that many administrators had been eagerly anticipating: Copilot has been removed from Build 26085 of Windows Server 2025.

Removal Of Copilot Feature

Following the launch of Windows Server 2025, a Windows insider caused a stir by posting a screenshot on X  depicting Copilot running on Windows Server 2025. Administrators were taken aback by this unexpected discovery and speculated whether it was an oversight on Microsoft’s part.

X user and Microsoft insider Bob Pony  delivered news that many admins had hoped for: Copilot was absent from Windows Server 2025’s Build 26085.

Microsoft’s official announcement  about Windows Server 2025 did not mention Copilot or its removal. Like Windows 11’s Insider Preview Build 26085, where many users have yet to receive Copilot due to a gradual rollout based on region, many wonder whether a similar scenario could unfold for Windows Server 2025. And if admins will be in for another surprise about Copilot.

As of now, these mysteries remain unsolved, as Microsoft has yet to address the situation.

Microsoft did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

But Copilot Button Is Still A Keyboard Revolution

Windows;s dedicated key designed to launch Copilot is still the most significant alteration to the Windows keyboard in nearly three decades. This innovative feature aims to elevate user productivity and streamline typing experiences by providing real-time AI-powered suggestions and completions.

The inclusion of the Copilot key empowers users to focus on their ideas and content creation. While AI aids in refining grammar, spelling, and sentence structure.

Copilot represents a cutting-edge AI feature seamlessly integrated into the Windows operating system. By leveraging Microsoft‘s extensive language model, trained on vast datasets of text and code, Copilot facilitates faster and more accurate typing by comprehending context and offering relevant word and phrase suggestions.

Available in the latest iteration of Windows 11, Copilot’s functionality extends across various applications such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Activating Copilot is as simple as pressing the dedicated key on the keyboard. It triggers a pane on the screen’s right side displaying Copilot’s suggestions. Users can then accept, reject, or build upon these suggestions to tailor their text.

What’s Windows Server 2025?

During Microsoft Ignite 2023, many announcements were made for the IT part. Among the most anticipated was the one linked to the next generation of server operating systems, namely Windows Server 2025. Although the name became official only recently, everything had hinted that its name would have been that. The tech community had the signs at the end of 2023 when some MVPs began testing the Insider Preview which reported the wording Windows Server 2025 .

Lots of new features on the storage and SMB front, where the presence of SMB over QUIC natively present reigns supreme. Microsoft unveiled an important new feature, namely the possibility of changing the publication port for the UDP part (default 443). This technology was proprietary to Microsoft Azure and Azure Stack HCI but is now becoming available to everyone.

For those who don’t yet know SMB over QUIC, it is a technology that aims to expose the file server via QUIC protocol, i.e. TLS 1.3 over UDP 443. It eliminates the need for a VPN.

The introduction of the Copilot key signifies its integration as a fundamental component alongside the iconic Windows key on PC keyboards. Much like the Windows key revolutionized interactions with Windows nearly three decades ago, the Copilot key promises to seamlessly integrate AI assistance into daily computing experiences.

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