Microsoft Unveils AI-Powered Copilot Key on Windows Keyboards

04/01/2024

A New Chapter for Windows Keyboards

Microsoft is set to make a significant change to the Windows keyboard for the first time since 1994. The tech giant plans to introduce the Copilot key, a button dedicated to launching the company’s AI-driven assistant, marking their ambition to make 2024 the year of the AI PC.

Convenience at Your Fingertips

The Copilot key will be situated next to the right-hand side alt button, offering users a more convenient way to access the Copilot service. This AI-powered assistant can assist with a variety of tasks, from generating content and sourcing information from the web to tweaking PC settings.

Rollout Begins in Late February

Yusuf Mehdi, Microsoft’s executive vice president and consumer chief marketing officer, announced that the Copilot key will start to appear on new Windows 11 PCs from Microsoft’s ecosystem partners in the coming days. The availability of PCs with the integrated Copilot button will commence in late February and continue through spring, with the button also featuring on upcoming Surface devices.

Microsoft’s Commitment to AI

The integration of the Copilot key is a testament to Microsoft’s dedication to artificial intelligence. This physical and visible addition to the keyboard serves as a reminder of the company’s commitment to incorporating AI capabilities into their products and services.

The Future of AI in Windows Products

Mehdi also hinted at future announcements regarding the company’s comprehensive strategy to integrate AI into Windows products. He stated that the coming year will see a significant shift towards a more personal and intelligent computing future where AI will be seamlessly integrated into Windows, from the system to the silicon, to the hardware. This integration aims to not only simplify but also amplify the computing experience, making 2024 the year of the AI PC.

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