Microsoft’s AI, Copilot, which is powered by ChatGPT, is getting a customizable window interface on Windows 11. This new feature allows users to adjust the size of the interface according to their preferences. Instead of being fixed, Copilot now opens as a sidebar from the taskbar, giving users more control, particularly when working with lengthy documents or when more space is required for AI responses.
Although the added adjustable interface is a welcome improvement, it’s important to note that Copilot still has limitations in terms of its functionality and availability. Currently, it is only available in select regions and may display ads generated through Bing.
Despite the initial assumption that Windows Copilot would be accessible to everyone, a recent leak has revealed that the ChatGPT-powered AI will have a modular interface on Windows 11. Soon, users will be able to open Windows Copilot in their desired size, thanks to the adjustable window support. This update is currently being tested in the preview builds of Windows 11, and while Microsoft has not yet officially announced it, some lucky users may already have access to this feature.
Copilot was initially made available to the general public with the Windows 11 September 26 update, which served as the last major feature update of the year. The announcement of Copilot’s integration into Windows 11 was made at Microsoft’s AI and Surface event in New York City. ChatGPT and Bing Chat AI are the driving forces behind Copilot, which functions as an AI assistant for the operating system, providing assistance and answering questions. By clicking a small button on the taskbar, users can easily access Copilot, and it appears as a right-hand sidebar alongside other open applications.
Furthermore, Copilot automatically adjusts the desktop interface to accommodate itself, ensuring a seamless user experience. However, the current version of Copilot does not allow users to change the size of the sidebar. This limitation can be frustrating, especially when working on long documents or when additional space is needed for AI-generated responses.
To address this issue, Microsoft is testing an “adjustable” and “expandable” version of Copilot. Windows Latest was the first to report on this new feature, which allows users to view Copilot in an ‘expandable’ mode. By incorporating these adjustable and modular panes, Microsoft aims to provide users with greater control over their interface. Whether users are coding, writing, or simply browsing, the flexible pane will cater to their needs, allowing them to view larger amounts of text or longer strings of code.
It wouldn’t be surprising if Microsoft eventually allows users to undock Copilot and customize its form however they desire. However, for now, users still need a Microsoft account to access Copilot, unless they are already signed in.
While the modular approach is a step in the right direction, it’s important to note that Copilot still has limitations in terms of its features and availability. Currently, users are able to utilize Copilot to chat with Bing AI, adjust a few Windows settings such as “Turn on do not disturb” and “Change to dark mode,” take screenshots, and use Microsoft Edge to summarize websites. Additionally, users may encounter ads within the Copilot interface, which are generated through Bing.