Microsoft has released the Windows 11 2023 update, known as version 23H2, which introduces the much-anticipated AI tool, Copilot, and additional features to enhance user interaction with the operating system. This rollout comes after a previous update that was, in essence, a precursor, setting the stage for this comprehensive release.
The new update brings Copilot to the forefront, integrating generative AI that assists with tasks, text composition, and more, directly within Windows. Its capabilities are akin to the AI functionalities seen in Microsoft’s Edge browser and the Bing search engine, reflecting a broader push into AI augmentation.
In addition to Copilot, the update revamps the built-in Chat app into Microsoft Teams, places it on the taskbar by default, and introduces a new ‘System’ label in the Start menu for easier access to Windows 11 components. These components also find a new home in the Settings app under the System section.
The Windows 11 2023 update represents Microsoft’s commitment to maintaining the OS’s relevance, with CEO Satya Nadella highlighting accelerated deployments worldwide. The update is not just an incremental change but a statement of innovation, as it aims to keep Windows as a foundation for Microsoft 365 applications and a catalyst for Azure cloud growth.
Copilot is the centerpiece of this year’s release, already in use through a ‘continuous innovation’ release issued in September. This AI assistant is designed to be more adept than Cortana and is summoned via the Copilot icon in the taskbar or the Windows+C keyboard shortcut, signaling Microsoft’s shift toward more dynamic, AI-driven user experiences.
The update also includes a range of other enhancements such as a virtual video editor, polyglot screen reading, energy-saving features, and more intuitive snipping tools. Notably, Microsoft hints at future updates allowing the removal of built-in apps, indicating an ongoing refinement of the system’s flexibility and customization.
To experience the latest features, users can navigate to the Windows Update section in the Settings app and check for updates. Microsoft plans a phased rollout, ensuring compatibility and a smooth transition to the new update. The deployment strategy reflects a cautious approach, ensuring issues are resolved before widespread availability, underscoring Microsoft’s dedication to delivering a robust and reliable computing environment.