Microsoft first introduced “Windows Copilot” during its Build Conference in May, making Windows 11 the first PC platform to provide centralized AI assistance for customers through the power of Bing Chat and first and third-party plugins.
Latest Leak Reveals Windows Copilot’s Upcoming Features
At the end of June, the Redmond giant released the first preview of Windows Copilot to Windows Insiders in the Dev Channel. Even though Windows Copilot’s capabilities are currently minimal and have no third-party plugin support yet, the new generative AI assistant can respond to questions and perform simple tasks, such as the following:
- “Change to dark mode.”
- “Turn on do not disturb.”
- “Take a screenshot.”
- “Summarize this website” (Active tab in Microsoft Edge)
- “Write a story about a dog who lives on the moon.”
- “Make me a picture of a serene koi fishpond with lily pads.”
Recently, the company rolled out Windows 11 build 22631.2129 to Windows 11 Insiders in the Beta Channel, bringing the Windows Copilot feature for the first time.
“This first preview focuses on our integrated UI experience, with additional functionality coming down the road in future previews,” the company wrote in the blog post.
According to Windows enthusiast Xeno, known on X (formerly Twitter) as @XenoPanther, Microsoft is reportedly planning to add several new capabilities in the future update of Windows Copilot, which is currently hidden and not enabled. These new additions will be powered by several newly introduced 1st party plugins (via MSPoweruser).
Seems like Copilot may have gained some functionality such as launching applications, task manager actions, troubleshooting, opening settings and providing feedback pic.twitter.com/ZAwvlsnfKP
— Xeno (@XenoPanther) August 2, 2023
Given below are some of the new additions of Windows Copilot that could be accessed via first-party plugins in the future update:
- Accessibility Tools: This will allow you to access Windows 11’s accessibility features by quickly navigating the system via Copilot.
- Clock Service: With this feature, you will be able to set up timers, reminders, and alarms on your PCs with ease.
- Launch Applications: You can use Copilot to launch installed applications, saving time and enhancing the ease of access to your favorite apps.
- Task Manager Service: Although this potential feature is not confirmed, it could offer the ability to kill and launch services. It will allow you to use the Copilot to intervene in your system’s background processes directly.
- Troubleshooter: This feature will allow you to troubleshoot your common PC issues through Windows Copilot without outside intervention.
To use Copilot in this flight, you must have Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22631.2129 or higher in the Beta Channel and Microsoft Edge version 115.0.1901.150 or higher. Since the rollout has just begun, not all Insiders in the Beta Channel may have access to the new feature.