Microsoft Adds Dedicated AI Key to Windows Keyboards

Microsoft is introducing a dedicated "Copilot" AI key on new Windows keyboards, marking the first addition of a new key in almost 30 years since the Windows key was introduced in 1994. The key activates Microsoft's Copilot AI service to help users with tasks like summarizing documents and answering questions.


  • Microsoft announced the addition of a new "Copilot" AI key to Windows keyboards, located to the right of the spacebar.
  • The key activates Microsoft's Copilot AI service, which helps with tasks like summarizing text, music recommendations, answering questions, etc.
  • This is the biggest change to Windows keyboards since Microsoft introduced the Windows key in 1994.
  • The key replaces the menu key or right control key on some keyboards.
  • Copilot relies on large language models like OpenAI's GPT-4.
  • The key will arrive first on new devices from Microsoft partners at CES 2023 next week. Wider rollout expected from late Feb through spring.
  • On devices without Copilot enabled, the key will open Windows Search.
  • Current Windows 11 users can access Copilot by pressing Windows key + C.
  • The addition shows Microsoft's commitment to integrating AI capabilities into core products like Windows.
  • Microsoft calls 2024 the "year of the AI PC" with this simplification of Copilot access.



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