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Microsoft’s Windows Kicks Off 2024 With New AI Key: Copilot Is First Addition In 30 Years

Last Updated January 4, 2024 11:39 AM
Giuseppe Ciccomascolo
Last Updated January 4, 2024 11:39 AM
Key Takeaways
  • Windows is embracing AI with the introduction of a new dedicated key.
  • It aims to enhance user productivity and streamline the typing experience.
  • Copilot will provide real-time AI-powered suggestions and completions, allowing users to focus on their ideas and crafting content while the AI assists with many factors.
  • Will Copilot help PC sales?

Windows embraces artificial intelligence (AI) with the addition of a new dedicated key which will launch Copilot, marking the first significant change to the Windows keyboard in nearly three decades. This feature should hopefully enhance user productivity and streamline the typing experience by providing real-time AI-powered suggestions and completions.

With Copilot key, users can focus on their ideas and crafting content while the AI assists with grammar, spelling, and sentence structure.

What is Copilot?

Copilot is a new AI-powered feature integrated into the Windows operating system. It can help users type faster and more accurately by providing real-time suggestions and completions. Copilot is based on Microsoft’s large language model, which has been trained on a massive dataset of text and code. This allows Copilot to understand the context of what you are typing and to suggest relevant words and phrases.

Copilot is available in the latest version of Windows 11, and its utilization varies in several applications, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. To use Copilot, people should the Copilot key on your keyboard. This will open a pane on the right side of the screen that will display Copilot’s suggestions. Users can then accept or reject them. Alternatively, they can use them as a starting point for their own typing.

Here is how users can utilize Copilot:

  • Writing: Copilot can write emails, documents, and presentations. It can suggest relevant words and phrases, and it can also help users to structure their text.
  • Coding: It can help people write code. It can suggest relevant functions and keywords, and it can also help then identify and fix syntax errors.
  • Research: The new Windows feature can help research information. It can suggest relevant websites and articles, and it can also help users summarize information.

On The Keyboard

Yusuf Mehdi , Executive Vice President and Consumer Chief Marketing Officer, shared on Thursday, January 4, 2024, the news regarding the new AI key addition on keyboards. The key will launch Copilot and represents the first addition to the keyboard in 30 years for Bill Gates‘ founded company.

In a blog post , Mehdi wrote: “Today, we are excited to take the next significant step forward and introduce the Copilot key to Windows 11 PCs. In this new year, we will be ushering in a significant shift toward a more personal and intelligent computing future where AI will be seamlessly woven into Windows from the system, to the silicon, to the hardware. This will not only simplify people’s computing experience but also amplify it, making 2024 the year of the AI PC.”

The accelerating platform shift propelled by AI is reshaping the technological landscape. It also influences how people engage with technology in both professional and personal spheres. At Microsoft, “our dedication lies in empowering individuals and organizations to not only adapt but flourish in this era of AI-driven transformation,” Mehdi said.

“The introduction of the Copilot key marks the first significant change to the Windows PC keyboard in nearly three decades. We believe it will empower people to participate in the AI transformation more easily,” the executive added.

What’s Next?

The Copilot key joins the Windows key as a core part of the PC keyboard and when pressed, the new key will invoke the Copilot in Windows experience to make it seamless to engage Copilot in your day-to-day. Nearly 30 years ago, the company introduced the Windows key to the PC keyboard. It enabled people all over the world to interact with Windows.

Mehdi said: “We see this as another transformative moment in our journey with Windows where Copilot will be the entry point into the world of AI on the PC.”

Over the coming days leading up to and at CES, users will start to see the Copilot key on many of the new Windows 11 PCs from the company’s ecosystem partners, with availability beginning in late February through Spring, including on new Surface devices.

“As we embark on this new year, we are filled with optimism and excitement. We will continue to build Windows to be the destination for the best AI experiences. This will require an operating system that blurs the lines between local and cloud processing. The year ahead promises to be nothing short of extraordinary!” Mehdi concluded.

Copilot’s Impact On PC Sales

According to Bloomberg , Microsoft’s push into AI services “has not yet translated into a boost for sales, as the novel Copilot features are being rolled out to new and existing devices alike.”

Mehdi’s promise of weaving AI into hardware and silicon may signal more pressure on consumers. They will upgrade as Microsoft evolves and improves its AI proposition.

It is difficult to definitively determine whether the introduction of Windows’ Copilot has had a direct impact on PC sales. While there has been some anecdotal evidence of users upgrading to newer Windows 11 PCs specifically to utilize Copilot, analysts are still assessing the broader impact on the PC market.

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