2023 was also marked by Microsoft innovations in the AI field. The Redmond giant also has big plans for 2024, in fact it believes it is “the year of PC AI”, that is, versatile machines capable of offering the user functions based on artificial intelligence, especially useful for productivity. For this reason, the company decided to introduce the Copilot key to the keyboards of several of its partners’ PCs.
After 30 years, the keyboard of Windows PCs changes: here is the new Copilot key
It may seem like a small thing, but in reality the Copilot button represents the first major change to the layout of Windows PC keyboards in nearly three decades.
Almost 30 years ago, we introduced the Windows key on the PC keyboard to interact with, indeed, Windows. We see this as another transformative moment in our Windows journey where Copilot will be the entry point into the world of AI on PC.
– Yusuf Mehdi, Microsoft
The new key will replace the menu key, introduced together with the Windows key many years ago. On most keyboards, will find space next to the Alt key on the right (but OEMs will also be able to position it differently).
But what is this new button for? With a simple touch you can call up Microsoft’s new AI assistant, capable of answering questions and also performing actions within the operating system.
The US tech giant has not provided a list of partners who will adopt the Copilot button, but to find out some more details on the matter we will have to wait only a few days. In fact, new developments are expected imminently CES 2024which will kick off on January 9th.
The new key will also be seen on keyboards upcoming Surfaces (Pro 10 and Laptop 6), which – based on the latest – should be presented to the public in the spring.
«In this new year we will usher in a significant shift towards a more personal and smart computing future, in which artificial intelligence will be seamlessly integrated into Windows, from system to hardware. This will not only simplify people’s computing experience, it will amplify them, making 2024 the year of PC AI», added Mehdi.