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.
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.