Microsoft’s Copilot to replace the Start button?
AI is becoming mainstream in the tech world, and Microsoft is fully embracing it. The company recently introduced a Copilot, an AI assistant integrated into Windows 11, that will soon be added to Office 365. Microsoft’s CEO, Satya Nadella, said that Copilot is more than a novelty; it is about to become the new Start button for Windows users.
Image credit: Microsoft.comSpeaking at the Qualcomm Snapdragon Elite X SoC launch, Nadella discussed the synergy between Qualcomm’s dedicated AI hardware and Windows Copilot. He sees this combination leading to innovative experiences on PCs, making it a Microsoft’s marketing strategy in the coming years. Intel’s upcoming CPUs, featuring Neural Processing Units (NPUs), will also follow this trend.
Copilot is already integrated with Bing, Edge, and Windows 11, thus becoming an important part of Microsoft’s ecosystem. Nadella also said that users will be replacing the traditional Start button routine with Copilot, stating, “I just go there and express my intent, and it either navigates me to an application or brings the application to Copilot.” This will revolutionize user habits by facilitating learning, querying, and content creation, Nadella said.
While some skeptics argue that Copilot may not replace the Start button completely, Nadella points out its potential usefulness in tasks like planning a vacation, where Copilot’s integration with email, document analysis, and more could prove highly beneficial. There’s also speculation that Windows 12 might even feature Copilot as a replacement for the iconic Start button, marking a significant change in the PC industry.
Though some doubt that Copilot will replace the Start button that has been around for ages now, the future remains uncertain. The full view of AI’s impact on PC experiences should be more clear with the release of Intel’s Meteor Lake and Snapdragon Elite X SoC. As AI technology evolves, Windows 12 is anticipated to flourish on these advancements, promising many transformative features that could completely change user interactions with their PCs.