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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 julian on Thursday March 28, @11:53PM (2 children)

    by julian (6003) Subscriber Badge on Thursday March 28, @11:53PM (#1350789)

    It's just a link to download Copilot. The retail copies of Windows 10/11 have included these for a lot of things like games. If you don't like this, procure (archive.org) a copy of the iso file for Windows 10 IoT Enterprise LTSC, and then use this open source tool [github.com] to activate it. It will receive security and bug fixes until 2032 and will never receive new features or other changes.

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  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by Freeman on Friday March 29, @01:15PM (1 child)

    by Freeman (732) on Friday March 29, @01:15PM (#1350843) Journal

    I hated the windows live tiles the moment I saw them and was not impressed by whomever "thought it was a good idea to include advertisements" in my start menu.

    --
    Joshua 1:9 "Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee"
    • (Score: 3, Touché) by Ox0000 on Friday March 29, @02:39PM

      by Ox0000 (5111) on Friday March 29, @02:39PM (#1350860)

      and was not impressed by whomever "thought it was a good idea to include advertisements" in my start menu.

      Ain't no such thing an MBA cannot fuck up!