Microsoft is adding a special button called the “Copilot key” to some new computers running Windows. This button will launch Microsoft’s AI chatbot, and it’s part of Microsoft’s efforts to be a leading platform for AI applications. The move aims to make it easy for users to access AI features by simply pressing a button on their keyboards.
Even though many people use phones to connect to the internet and AI applications, adding an AI button to computers is a significant step. Microsoft is working closely with OpenAI, the creator of ChatGPT, to leverage generative AI technology. This comes amid increased competition among tech companies in the AI space, despite ongoing concerns about ethical and legal issues.
The redesign of the keyboard marks Microsoft’s most significant change since introducing the Windows key in the 1990s. The new AI button(Copilot Key), marked with the Copilot logo, will be located near the space bar on some computers, replacing either the right “CTRL” key or a menu key.
While other companies like Apple and Google have customized keys on their keyboards, Microsoft’s strong presence in the PC market, with about 82% of computers running Windows, gives it a unique advantage. The Copilot Key is expected to be featured on new models from various computer manufacturers, with some announcements expected at the upcoming CES gadget show in Las Vegas.