Microsoft is gearing up for the release of Windows 11 23H2, promising a host of impressive changes and features in this upcoming update. With over 150 new features on the horizon, many focusing on artificial intelligence (AI), Windows users have much to look forward to. Here’s a sneak peek at what’s coming:
Copilot Takes Center Stage: The headline-grabber is Copilot, an AI service that’s set to become an integral part of Windows 11. Beyond its existing role with Microsoft apps, Copilot will soon be integrated across Microsoft services, including Windows 11, Microsoft 365, Edge, and Bing. Think of it as an advanced version of Cortana, available as both a standalone app and integrated directly into various services. Copilot can be summoned via the taskbar or a keyboard shortcut (Win+C), allowing easy multitasking and assistance while working.
Cross-Platform Integration: Copilot’s cross-platform capabilities offer impressive benefits. For instance, you can ask it to summarize a lengthy document in Word, then switch to PowerPoint to create a presentation based on that summary. You can also task Copilot with organizing your windows, cleaning up your desktop, and even starting a focused playlist.
Rollout Plans: The initial release of Copilot will be available on PCs with the upcoming Windows 11 update on September 26. Subsequently, it will expand its presence in Bing, Edge, and Microsoft 365 in the following months, with Enterprise customers also gaining access.
AI Abounds: Copilot isn’t the only AI feature in Windows 11 23H2. Microsoft has announced a plethora of AI enhancements:
- Photos: Expect “Background Blur,” an AI-driven feature that intelligently blurs backgrounds while highlighting subjects. You can also search for content and location within photos stored in OneDrive.
- Paint: This gets an AI overhaul, offering AI tools for drawing, background removal, layers, and “Cocreator,” an AI image generator.
- Screenshots: You can copy and paste text within images, redact sensitive information, and record audio during screen recordings with AI-based editing suggestions in Clipchamp.
- Outlook: The Mail app now supports connections to various email services and employs AI to assist with email composition and file attachments from OneDrive.
- Notepad: Automatic saving ensures you never lose your work, even if you close tabs or the app.
- File Explorer: With a fresh look, including improvements to the home, address bar, and search box, collaboration on files becomes more seamless.
- RAR and 7-Zip Support: Windows 11 now natively supports these file formats, making compression and extraction easier.
- Volume Mixer: An improved volume mixer allows for precise audio control for individual apps and audio outputs.
- Ink Anywhere: This feature lets stylus users write in any text box, with handwriting converted to text.
Release Date: Mark your calendars for Tuesday, September 26, when Windows 11 23H2 officially drops. Simply head to Start > Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update to check for and install the update.
As the release date approaches, Windows users can eagerly anticipate a substantial upgrade that leverages the power of AI to enhance productivity and functionality. Stay tuned for more details as the update becomes available.