Microsoft revealed a hardware Copilot button for keyboards coming in 2024

In an announcement, Microsoft revealed the introduction of a significant keyboard modification for Windows PCs, marking the first such change in thirty years. Beginning next month, all newly released Windows devices will have a dedicated hardware key for Copilot. Devices that already have the new key will be showcased at CES 2024, scheduled for next week.

The Copilot key will be positioned to the right of the spacebar, replacing the current key used for accessing the context menu. Soon, OEMs constructing Windows devices will be required to include the Copilot key in their designs.

Copilot Hardware Button

Microsoft believes that this addition to the keyboard will simplify access to the Microsoft Copilot feature, which has been introduced in the latest versions of Windows 10 and Windows 11. In circumstances where the user does not have access to the Copilot feature, such as due to regional restrictions, the Copilot key on the keyboard will instead trigger a pop-up Windows Search window.

Yusuf Mehdi, the executive vice president and head of consumer marketing at Microsoft, expressed the company's readiness to usher in a new era of personalized and intelligent computing, facilitated by the integration of artificial intelligence into the fabric of the Windows operating system, applications, and processors.

Furthermore, Microsoft confirmed that future Surface devices will also incorporate the Copilot key. The unveiling of the Surface Pro 10 and Surface Laptop 6 is expected in the upcoming months, featuring cutting-edge processors from Intel and Qualcomm as well.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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