Microsoft began to roll out one of its biggest and most ambitious updates yet on September 26th, packaging hundreds of changes and new experiences in a free Windows 11 patch that will hit user computers in batches.
Among these new updates include better accessibility features, seamless backup capability, and customizable desktop grouping. However, no update is more talked about – and disliked – than the introduction of the most formidable AI feature yet: Microsoft Copilot.
Microsoft Copilot was announced during a Microsoft presentation on September 21st. (Source: Microsoft)
As a fully integrated, real-time AI assistant, Microsoft Copilot aims to completely change the way users interact with their Windows 11 systems. Copilot will combine large language models (LLMs) with the user’s personal data to make highly customized recommendations throughout the user’s journey.
What’s more, this new AI feature will integrate with programs such as Microsoft Office and Outlook, helping users write and edit documents without having to expend all of their brain power at once. For some, this advanced form of automation is easy to accept as it can completely change someone’s workflow for the better.
Others, however, are not so convinced that Windows Copilot is the way to go. Users have taken to online forums to ask about disabling Windows Copilot on startup so they don’t have to force integration into their data systems.
Over the last several days, Windows customers posted videos on YouTube showing others how to disable Windows Copilot and its associated AI assistance features.
Google’s search engine is continuously updated with posts and videos detailing how to disable or remove Windows Copilot. (Source: Google)
Reports show that companies utilizing Microsoft in the workplace may find Copilot to be too expensive. According to The Verge, those with Microsoft 365 Business versions of the operating system must pay $30 per user per month.
This could more than double the costs of Microsoft’s operating system for certain companies who rely on Windows systems for features like Outlook, Teams, and OneDrive.
AI integration is happening across the industry of Internet technology, and Microsoft is not the first major corporation to introduce AI to a number of built-in features. Other well-known companies such as Zoom, Google, and Salesforce have also integrated AI technology.
The new Windows update is one of the leading-edge examples of how artificial intelligence can be used to streamline tasks and boost efficiency at work.
Windows Copilot will integrate with Outlook to help users finish sentences and auto-complete fields. (Source: Microsoft)
Windows users will have to decide in the coming months if they are ready to experiment with AI integration on their own personal systems or if they are going to disable the feature as soon as it arrives.
Initial iterations of Microsoft Copilot have been rolled out to a select number of computers. The free version of the update will be available to all Windows users on November 1st.