New Update Microsoft plans to bring its AI Copilot to 1 billion Windows 10 users

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Microsoft began rolling out its new AI assistant for Windows earlier this year with the Windows 11 version 23H2 release, which adds a new Microsoft Copilot button directly to the Taskbar. Microsoft has been putting its Copilot in front of every user it can, but there's still a large chunk of PC users on the older Windows 10 OS which hasn't seen any of Microsoft's recent AI additions. That may soon be changing.

According to my sources, Microsoft is planning to bring the same Microsoft Copilot to Windows 10 in an update coming soon. Just like Windows 11, this update to Windows 10 will place a Copilot button directly on the Windows 10 taskbar, which will open the exact same Copilot sidebar experience found on Windows 11.

The main reason behind this decision is market share. Windows 10 is still in use on around 1 billion monthly active devices, compared to the 400 million monthly active devices on Windows 11. Microsoft views that additional 1 billion users as an untapped market for Copilot expansion, and so adding Copilot to Windows 10 is an obvious next step for the company.

Microsoft will also have an easier time selling developers on the idea that they should build plugins for Copilot when they can say Copilot is available on 1.4 billion devices, compared to just 400 million on Windows 11. The more users Copilot has, the bigger reason a developer has to code for Copilot instead of a competitor.
 

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Source: 'Why you should try Copilot in Windows', explains Microsoft for Windows 10 users
People who work with information daily are excited about the capabilities of generative AI to help them discover and create new content. They may already be using generative AI by accessing Microsoft Copilot (previously Bing Chat) or ChatGPT in the browser.

Copilot in Windows powers the generative AI experience in managed Windows 10 and 11 PCs. As an IT professional, you want to help your organization be at the forefront of AI, but also hold the bar on protecting corporate data that employees may share with AI models. We are here to help you do both. With Copilot in Windows, you can offer a managed version of Copilot to Windows 10 and Windows 11 devices so employees do not accidentally share confidential or proprietary information.

By using Copilot, employees can:
  • Save time and effort by prompting for information and services in one place by typing prompts in natural language or using their voice.
  • Explore new possibilities and ideas by generating creative and innovative content that includes both text and images.

Whether or not you agree with Microsoft's suggestion is up to you, though in case you are planning to disable or remove it, we did a guide on that which you can check out in this article.
Story via Microsoft explains why you need Copilot on Windows 10 even if you don't want it
 

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They don't have an official app and there's no way to pin the Copilot side bar to your taskbar.

Workaround is to launch Microsoft Edge, go to the Copilot website and save it as an app. It will prompt you to pin it to the Start Menu or the taskbar. Done.
 

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Here's how to create a Microsoft Copilot shortcut to pin to the taskbar for the Copilot side bar -

If you have to launch Microsoft Copilot with Windows + C or the default preview icon isn't showing up in the taskbar, do this:

On your desktop

1. Click on create new shortcut.

2. Put the following in the field: %Windir%\explorer.exe "microsoft-edge:///?ux=copilot&tcp=1&source=taskbar" now click finish.

3. You'll see an Explorer icon. Change it in properties on rightclick change icon to a copilot.ico you've saved in Pictures. Click apply and ok. Done.

4. Move the new Microsoft Copilot shortcut from the Desktop to your Programs folder.

5.Pin it to your taskbar and drag it to where you want it. When you click it, the Microsoft Copilot side pane should now open from your taskbar!
 
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