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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

[...] 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: 2) by Ox0000 on Friday March 29, @03:11PM (1 child)

    by Ox0000 (5111) on Friday March 29, @03:11PM (#1350865)

    Are you telling me you're running an unpatched Windows? I too like to live dangerously, but dang... this sounds more like you having a death wish.

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  • (Score: 1, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday March 31, @07:30AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday March 31, @07:30AM (#1351081)

    I believe AC was merely stating that Windows is NOT in and of itself secure and must be closely monitored by non-microsoft "customs agents", aka firewall proxies if system security and integrity mean anything to you.

    "Loose Lips Sink Ships", and Microsoft is the poster child for gossip on the internet.

    Businesses like Microsoft because they make office staff more fungible, i.e. cheap and easily replaced. Nothing bad there, really, it's a Business system. People aren't there to all become computer whizzes, any more than users of tools becoming metallurgists.

    One just doesn't put a naked Microsoft system on the web. Just like they shouldn't place naked executives in front of their business.