Published on November 16, 2023, 11:01 pm

Microsoft is expanding the reach of its AI-powered chatbot, Copilot, by bringing it to Windows 10. Starting with the upcoming version 22H2, which will be available to members of Microsoft’s Windows Insider program, Windows 10 users will have access to similar Copilot capabilities as those available on Windows 11.

With Copilot on Windows 10, users will be able to interact with the chatbot by asking questions and seeking suggestions for various tasks and topics. This can be done either by typing or speaking after clicking the Copilot icon on the taskbar. However, there are some limitations compared to the Windows 11 version. On Windows 10, Copilot cannot perform actions such as customizing preferences and settings or opening apps. Nevertheless, Microsoft suggests that these functionalities may arrive in future updates.

The decision to bring Copilot to Windows 10 is primarily driven by its wider user base. While around a billion monthly active devices still run on Windows 10, only about 400 million are currently using Windows 11. By making Copilot available on both operating systems, it becomes easier to incentivize developers to create plug-ins for Copilot. These plug-ins were introduced in May and enhance the chatbot’s capabilities.

Windows 10 with Copilot support will be rolled out for devices running Windows 10 Home and Pro versions with at least 4GB of RAM and a display resolution of 720p or higher. However, Enterprise, Education, and company-managed Pro editions of Windows 10 will not receive this upgrade. Additionally, customers in Europe will also not have access to Copilot at this time. Only devices in North America and parts of Asia and South America will be eligible.

Microsoft plans to expand availability to more markets over time, indicating that they intend to make Copilot accessible worldwide in the future. This move aims to enhance productivity and user experience by leveraging AI technology within the Windows 10 ecosystem.

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