Published on November 5, 2023, 10:35 am
Artificial intelligence (AI) continues to make strides in various industries, including hardware and software. Microsoft, for example, has been actively incorporating AI capabilities into its products, such as adding AI chatbot features to its Bing search engine. Now, they have introduced an early version of their new AI assistant called Copilot in Windows 11.
Copilot is designed to enhance creativity and productivity. It functions similarly to Bing’s chatbot, capable of generating text and images based on prompts. To access Copilot on Windows 11, ensure that your operating system is up to date by heading to Windows Update in Settings.
By default, you will see a Copilot button on the taskbar. You can click on it to launch the AI assistant or customize its placement in the Taskbar settings. Alternatively, you can use the Win+C keyboard shortcut or access it through the Start menu.
If you are new to generative AI, don’t hesitate to jump right in and try it out. You can ask Copilot to compose a short poem, create an introduction for a cover letter, or even draft an email to a coworker. When starting a new chat with Copilot, you’ll be able to choose between conversation styles like More Creative, More Balanced, and More Precise to adjust its level of imagination.
Copilot isn’t limited to generating text; you can also ask it questions. Thanks to its integration with Bing and the web, it can provide information about popular sights in specific locations or offer cooking tips and DIY advice. The responses from Copilot come with links that show where the information was sourced from online.
Moreover, Copilot is equipped with coding capabilities. You can instruct it on what you want your code to do and specify the programming language. In return, Copilot will provide formatted code that you can copy and paste elsewhere. Additionally, you can request edits or tweaks to the original response without starting from scratch.
One exciting feature of Copilot is its ability to generate images. Through integration with Dall-E, you can ask Copilot for a picture based on your preferences, such as style and content. Afterwards, you’ll be presented with a selection of options and suggestions for further customization.
With Windows 11’s integration, Copilot becomes more than just another web-based chatbot. It can open programs for you by simply typing “open” followed by the app name. You can also use voice commands by clicking the microphone button in the input box. Copilot not only opens apps but also provides guidance on how to use them or troubleshoot any issues.
Various Windows 11 commands work with Copilot as well. For example, you can ask it to “mute volume” or “turn on dark mode” without needing to navigate through the Settings screens. Furthermore, you can request specific options screens related to Wi-Fi or Start menu configuration, and they will appear with accompanying instructions.
However, there are limitations to what Copilot can currently do within programs. While it works with Microsoft Edge, allowing it to view and manipulate elements inside other apps would make it even more useful as a digital AI assistant. To enable this functionality with Edge, click on the three dots in the top right corner of the browser window, go to Settings, and toggle on the option that allows Copilot access.
Microsoft’s Copilot represents an innovative step forward in integrating AI capabilities into everyday computing tasks. As its development progresses, users can expect even more powerful features and increased efficiency in their daily interactions with technology.