Microsoft has added a dedicated button to the Windows keyboard that launches its AI chatbot. This is his first major change to the standard personal computer keyboard since 1994.
The ribbon-like feature, known as the “Copilot key,” will be available on new Windows 11 laptops and upcoming Surface devices starting in February, the company announced Thursday.
Before that, the button will appear on some new machines from Microsoft's “ecosystem partners” including Lenovo, Dell, and HP at the upcoming CES technology trade show in Las Vegas next week.
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How do Copilot keys work?
In November, Microsoft launched Copilot, an AI-driven service that helps you perform tasks like article summaries and virtual meetings. The service works across the company's web apps and productivity apps like Office and Excel.
Thanks to a deal between Microsoft and AI music organization Suno, Copilot can also create songs from scratch. By pressing the Copilot key, users can launch Microsoft's GPT4-powered AI assistant to perform all of the tasks listed above, including reading emails and drafting replies.
The company invested $13 billion in ChatGPT developer OpenAI and uses the startup's technology in services like Bing.in blog post, Microsoft executive vice president Yusuf Mehdi said the keyboard redesign is a “transformational moment in Windows' AI efforts.”
“We believe that [the button] This will make it easier for people to participate in the AI transformation,” he wrote. “AI will be seamlessly integrated into Windows, from systems to silicon to hardware.”
As seen in the video above, the Copilot key is located on the right side near the space bar, and on some computers it replaces the CTRL button or Fn modifier key, while on others it replaces the Menu key. Masu. On laptops without Copilot enabled, pressing a key launches Windows Search instead of AI.
Microsoft says it's the first time in 30 years that new keys have been added to PC keyboards. The last time something like this happened was back in 1994, when the US software company introduced the Windows/Start key (the button with the Microsoft logo on it).
AI computer new era
Microsoft's Copilot key is part of the Redmond, Washington-based company's ambitions for AI-enabled computers. These devices run on high-tech chips that can operate large-scale language models and other AI-based apps directly on the machine rather than in the cloud.
Analyst at research company Canalys Said Reuters reported that it is expected that the introduction of AI-enabled PCs will accelerate from 2025 onwards. Microsoft calls 2024 the “Year of the AI PC.”
microsoft is not The only company that offers customized keys. In the 1980s, Apple invented the “Command” key used for keyboard shortcuts. Google has included a search button on Chromebooks and has experimented with AI-specific keys to launch voice assistants on now-defunct Pixelbooks.