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posted by hubie on Thursday March 28, @10:14PM   Printer-friendly

Arthur T Knackerbracket has processed the following story:

As spotted by German tech site DeskModder, Microsoft has begun automatically installing a Copilot app on Windows 11. The new application doesn't seem to have any functionality, and further investigation revealed that it has 0 bytes of data, suggesting that it's actually a placeholder shell for the most part. Thankfully, users can uninstall the app by simply using the built-in 'Uninstall' option in Windows.

[...] It's unclear how the Copilot app is getting installed on systems that have automatic updates turned off, but according to Ghacks, it showed up on their test PC after the Edge browser was updated to the latest version. Interestingly, the application's AppxManifest.xml lists Windows 10 as the minimum compatible version, while the maximum version is listed as Windows 12.0.0.0.

[...] Microsoft recently started rolling out Copilot to more Windows 10/11 devices, enabling users to experience the AI features on their desktop. According to the company, users can access up to ten Copilot requests before needing to sign-in with a Microsoft ID. The feature is still in preview as of now, but is enabled by default in Windows 11 version 23H2. It is, however, disabled by default in Windows 11 version 22H2.


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  • (Score: 5, Informative) by corey on Thursday March 28, @10:58PM (1 child)

    by corey (2202) on Thursday March 28, @10:58PM (#1350779)

    Other than ads, this constant creep of new products is the most frustrating thing with Microsoft. The intent of this is to jam this copilot feature in so people get using it before they can start using other AI products from other companies. I see similar annoyance with Office 365, it always pops up something about some feature I have no interest in, and I’m just wanting it to get out of my way so I can do my work. I still have to copy and paste links from Outlook into Firefox because otherwise it forcefully opens in Edge (which I hate), despite Firefox being my default browser. Plus it mangles the URLs with safelinks rubbish ostensibly for security but also so they can track each and every link I open.

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  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by mcgrew on Saturday March 30, @06:35PM

    by mcgrew (701) <publish@mcgrewbooks.com> on Saturday March 30, @06:35PM (#1351030) Homepage Journal

    What do you expect from a creepy, evil corporation like Microsoft? Jeepers creepers! They're all a bunch of creeps!

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