Microsoft is introducing a dedicated keyboard key for its Copilot AI on Windows 11 PCs. This marks the first significant change to the Windows PC keyboard in nearly three decades, according to the company’s blog post ahead of CES 2024 in Las Vegas. Similar to the Windows key, the Copilot key will quickly summon Microsoft’s AI companion.
While it’s not unexpected to see Copilot come to life in the real world given Microsoft’s focus on AI, it is surprising to see it happen so rapidly. The company describes the Copilot key as “another transformative moment” in its journey with Windows, positioning Copilot as the entry point into the world of AI on the PC.
Microsoft states that the Copilot key will be featured in new PCs arriving in Spring, as well as in future Surface devices. Symbolically, the key signifies Microsoft’s view of Copilot as an essential element of Windows’ future, comparable in importance to the Start Menu. There is potential for a future where the Start Menu merges entirely with Copilot, but for now, it’s a step-by-step process.
Below is a video demonstrating the use of the key:
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