Microsoft Announces AI-powered Copilot – A Free Windows 11 Update Starting 11 September

Technology giant Microsoft has just announced — Copilot, an Artificial Intelligence (AI) packed feature which Microsoft dubbed as "your everyday AI companion". Copilot will uniquely incorporate the context and intelligence of the web, work data and what the users are doing in the moment on their PCs.

Copilot will be available in Windows 11, Microsoft 365, and in the web browser by Microsoft i.e. Edge and Bing.

Copilot will begin to roll out in its early form (preview) as part of a free update to Windows 11, starting 26 September — and across Bing, Edge, and Microsoft 365 Copilot this fall (September - November).

Calling the next update as it's most ambitious yet, Microsoft is releasing the Windows 11 Update which will have over 150 new features, bringing the power of Copilot and new AI powered experiences to apps like Paint, Photos, Clipchamp and more to Windows PCs.

The Artificial Intelligence (AI) -powered Copilot will work as an app or reveal itself when the users need it with a right click. Microsoft said it will continue to add capabilities and connections to Copilot across to our most-used applications over time in service of our vision to have one experience that works across your whole life.

Microsoft also announced other new experiences and devices. Basically, the company has infused AI into every utilities bundled with Windows OS, such as Photos, Paint, Outlook, Notepad, Windows Backup and File Explorer. 

Bing will add support for the latest DALL.E 3 model from OpenAI and deliver more personalized answers based on your search history, a new AI-powered shopping experience, and updates to Bing Chat Enterprise, making it more mobile and visual.

Microsoft has also announced that Bing Chat Enterprise is now available in the Microsoft Edge mobile app. It's also bringing support for multimodal visual search and Image Creator to Bing Chat Enterprise. With this, users can work with the ability to find information using images and creating them.

Microsoft 365 Copilot will be generally available for enterprise customers on Nov. 1, 2023, along with Microsoft 365 Chat, a new AI assistant that will completely transform the way you work.

Some of the new features in the latest update for Windows 11 —

  • Paint has been enhanced with AI for drawing and digital creation with the addition of background removal and layers as well as a preview of Cocreator that brings the power of generative AI to the Paint app.
  • Photos has also been enhanced with AI including new features to make editing your photos a breeze. With Background Blur you can make the subject of your photo stand out quickly and easily. The Photos app automatically finds the background in the photo, and with a single click, instantly highlights your subject and blurs out the background. The update will have improved search, with photos stored in OneDrive (home or personal) accounts, users can now quickly find the photo they're looking for based on the content of the photo. Users can also now find photos based on the location where they were taken.
  • Snipping Tool now offers more ways to capture content on your screen – with this update you can now extract specific text content from an image to paste in another application or, you can easily protect your sensitive information with text redaction by using text actions on the post capture screen. And, with the addition of sound capturing using audio and mic support, it’s easier to create compelling videos and content from your screen.
  • Clipchamp, now with auto compose, helps you with scenes suggestions, edits and narratives based on users' images and footage automatically so the users can create and edit videos to share with family, friends, and social media like a pro.
  • Notepad will start automatically saving your session state allowing you to close Notepad without any interrupting dialogs and then pick up where you left off when you return. Notepad will automatically restore previously open tabs as well as unsaved content and edits across those open tabs.
  • With the new Outlook for Windows, you can connect and coordinate your various accounts (including Gmail, Yahoo, iCloud, and more) in one app. Intelligent tools help you write clear, concise emails and seamlessly attach important documents and photos from OneDrive.

  • Modernized File Explorer – The next Windows 11 Update is introducing a modernized File Explorer home, address bar and search box all designed to help you more easily access important and relevant content, stay up to date with file activity and collaborate without even opening a file. Also coming to File Explorer is a new Gallery feature designed to make it easy to access your photo collection.
  • New text authoring experiences to voice access and new natural voices in Narrator, continuing our ongoing commitment to making Windows 11 the most accessible version of Windows yet.
  • Windows Backup makes moving to a new Windows 11 PC easier than ever. With Windows Backup, transitioning most files, apps and settings from one PC to another, is seamless so everything is right where you left it, exactly how you like it. 

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