Windows Copilot AI Assistant Hits Insider Dev Builds

Microsoft is officially rolling out its new AI assistant Windows Copilot to Windows 11 Insiders today with Dev Channel Build 23493. The new assistant was just announced last month and will now be available for the most hardcore Windows users to try out. According to Microsoft, Windows Copilot will be a controlled feature rollout, and will require the use of Windows 11 build 23493 and Edge version 115.0.1901.150 for a chance to play with the new feature.

Copilot is a new AI assistant that in many ways will succeed the ChatGPT-powered Bing Chat assistant built into Microsoft Edge right now. Essentially what Microsoft is doing with Windows Copilot is taking its browser-based assistant and turning it into a proper desktop application, with full integration inside the Windows 11 desktop. Though, based on the Edge browser requirements, Copilot appears to be an Edge-powered service that is not fully baked into Windows 11 (yet).

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Once enabled, Windows Copilot can be activated by pressing WIN + C or by clicking the new Copilot icon on the taskbar. From there the AI assistant will pop up from a side window allowing you to interact with the application without disturbing any of your open windows. Like Bing Chat, Windows Copilot allows you to ask it any question you want, about any subject or topic, and it will try its best to give you a satisfactory answer.

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