Are We Heading For An AI-Driven Windows 12?

AI (Artificial Intelligence) has been the buzz topic for some time now, to the point where you’re possibly fed up with hearing about it. However, Microsoft has recently announced the introduction of a new integrated AI-powered feature that could completely change the face of Windows as we know it.

Introducing Windows Copilot

The new AI-powered feature, dubbed Copilot, is set to be introduced first into an Insider preview build sometime in June this year. Copilot will include all the usual AI chatbot features, including answering questions, writing content, compiling code, etc., but what sets Copilot apart is its core integration into Windows.

For example, the user can ask Copilot to set up Windows optimally for gaming and will then be presented with a number of options/settings to achieve that goal. The user can then selectively enable some of those options/settings or apply them all with a single click. Another example would be for the user to ask Copilot to set up Windows for optimal performance and be presented with a number of options/settings to achieve that goal. And so on. According to Microsoft, Copilot will be “integrated into all of Windows” to “personalize and navigate your PC“.

Microsoft Admits Windows 11 Is Broken

This news item might seem unrelated, but together with the aforementioned introduction of Copilot, lends credence to the theory of an earlier-than-anticipated Windows 12.

Microsoft recently made the rather remarkable admission that there are bugs in Windows 11 that even they are unable to fix. Specifically, a bug (first reported back in January) which prevents the Start menu, Windows search bar, and some Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps from starting or working correctly. While the bug doesn’t affect everyone, it seems it is related to Microsoft Office apps, and apps that are integrated with Office software, as well as Windows and Outlook.

For now, Microsoft has suggested a workaround that involves uninstalling apps that integrate with Windows, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Outlook, or Outlook Calendar. That, in my opinion, is a pathetic response that doesn’t even meet the criteria for a so-called “workaround”.

Windows 12 On The Horizon?

I’ve said all along that Windows 11 was rushed out in an underdeveloped state and Windows 12 will become known as the operating system that Windows 11 should have been. Now, with Windows seemingly heading in a new direction with the introduction of the AI-driven Copilot feature, plus the admission that there are bugs in Windows 11 that even Microsoft is unable to fix, it seems a Windows 12 might be closer than we think.

If we take the concept of Copilot to its logical conclusion, it could well mean the end of the traditional UI-driven Windows operating system as we know it, replaced almost entirely by AI.

What do you think? Let us know in the comments.

8 thoughts on “Are We Heading For An AI-Driven Windows 12?”

  1. AI driven Windows? Icy fingers of fear freeze my brain. Any chance you could begin featuring Linux tips? Like which version is most user-friendly for Windows ex-pats?

  2. Thanks for the link Jim. I spent some time with Mint and Ubuntu about ten years ago. What good news that Terminal is history! I think Mint was the one I liked best back then. Since the only software I use that’s not open source is Office 2013, it sounds like the switch could be an easy one should the occasion arise. I’d miss OneNote, otherwise Libre Office would suit me fine.

    1. Mint is my favorite.

      Any time you want to source a specific topic; click the magnifying glass icon in the menu bar across the top of the page, that will open a search dialogue box. Type in the topic (in this case it would be “Linux”), and then press Enter. You’ll then be presented with a list of all articles relating to that topic.

  3. The biggest problem for me to abandon Windows would be in the loss of all my registered programs. Not to mention the searching and learning of replacement programs. Using an alternate o/s for me is similar to using different browser, Mindblower!

  4. I just remembered a billboard we saw in Santiago, Chile a few weeks before Covid celebrating some alliance between Microsoft and Linux. That memory fragment sparked a quick search and I found a link to a Microsoft article, What is the Windows Subsystem for Linux? I soon realized that subsystem is a way to run Linux within Windows, not the other way around.

    Then I remembered hearing about an app called Wine when I was experimenting with Linux ten or so years ago. What’s not to like about an app named Wine? Who knows? I lost interest before giving it a try.

    Wine is still around and discussed in this How-To-Geek article, “4+ Ways to Run Windows Software on Linux.”

    Maybe with some Mint flavored Wine I could enjoy a life beyond Windows without giving up OneNote after all.

    1. LOL.

      Neither Windows Subsystem for Linux nor WINE are quite like the real thing. Yes, they will run some programs but don’t expect anywhere near 100% compatibility with either.

      BTW: It is possible to install and run OneNote in Linux but it involves a fairly complex process.

  5. Seems like I’ve heard this abandon ship argument before. Any time Windows produces a new version and/or makes changes to the previous version, there are those crying out it’s time to move to Linux. I go back to Window 3.0 and am now enjoying the latest insider build of Windows 11.

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