Microsoft announced that Co-pilot key on keyboards Windowa button that will be designed to activate its AI assistant so that users can have more direct contact with it and request content faster.
The addition represents the first significant change to the Windows keyboard design in nearly three decades, a clear example of the company’s commitment to integrating artificial intelligence into consumer products, having recently launched the Mobile Assistant app for iOS and Android. devices.
The official statement was made by Yusuf Mehdi, executive vice president and director of consumer marketing at Microsoft, who assured that the key will be present in new models of desktop and laptop computers that are partners of the company.
The button will provide direct access to Copilot, an artificial intelligence-based system that integrates into Windows 11 and it’s like a chatbot, similar to what ChatGPT does, capable of answering queries and performing actions on the operating system.
This addition will replace the menu key (also known as the application key) introduced decades ago along with the Windows button. It will be located next to right Alt key on most keyboards, although its location varies by manufacturer and market.
The initial release date is scheduled for January this year, when Microsoft’s hardware partners will unveil new Windows 11 PCs.
The company plans to deploy AI more widely in the operating system, and the Copilot key is just the first step in this direction, as Mehdi called 2024“The Year of the PC with AI.”
“This new year will mark a significant shift towards a more personal and intelligent computing future, in which artificial intelligence will be seamlessly woven into Windows, from system to hardware. This will not only simplify people’s work on the computer, but also expand it,” the manager said.
Microsoft’s strategy for this year includes integration of artificial intelligence into various software areas and the company’s services, which the company hopes will be a “refresh” of Windows focused on new AI-powered features.
In addition to its feature-centric desktop strategy, the company is also promoting Edge as an “AI browser.” Placing the majority of its consumer products in the path of that technology’s progress, where its search engine is already present. ping and that they integrate into other programs such as recruitment Office, Teams and Outlook.
2023 ended with the arrival Second pilot to mobile devices. Before the end of last year, the company announced the launch of an application for iOS And Androidwhich is free on App Store And Google Play store.
Microsoft originally called its chatbot Bing Chatbut chose to change the name and separate this service from its search engine, for this reason it launched an independent platform tied to the language model. GPT-4 from OpenAI, providing access to the latest content creation technologies. In addition, he has access to Dall-E 3 to create an image.
Another important aspect is a constant Internet connection. This ensures that Copilot has information is updated in real time what is happening in the world, and their reaction is not limited.