TechMicrosoft to introduce game-changing AI assistant key on keyboards, set to debut in February

Microsoft to introduce game-changing AI assistant key on keyboards, set to debut in February

After 30 years, Microsoft is introducing a new key on the keyboard.
After 30 years, Microsoft is introducing a new key on the keyboard.
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2:44 PM EST, January 4, 2024

Yusuf Mehdi, Microsoft's executive vice president, announced that a completely new key dedicated to summoning the AI assistant, Microsoft Copilot, will soon be integrated into the keyboards used in the company’s products, TVN24 reports. Mehdi emphasized the significance of this development, equating it to the incorporation of the Windows key in 1994.

Plans are in place to implement the new key on keyboards beginning in February. The unveil is expected to occur in mid-January at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

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Microsoft Copilot is an AI assistant leveraging ChatGPT technology. In 2023, it was assimilated into the Bing search engine and the Microsoft browser, subsequently appearing in Office and Teams applications.

The functionality of Copilot extends beyond answering questions. With deep system integration, it can execute various tasks, thereby eliminating the need for users to navigate through diverse settings sections. Users can simply issue commands to accomplish their objectives.

Furthermore, it can launch apps, modify settings, enable night mode, assist in document search, and initiate dialogue. Currently, commands are required to be typed, but Microsoft does not rule out the possibility of voice-based command execution in the future.

Bill Gates envisions artificial intelligence as a revolutionary technology comparable to mobile phones or the internet. Despite rigorous competition from startups in the US, he firmly believes that Microsoft has the potential to pioneer the development of sophisticated artificial intelligence. This is evidenced by his investment of 10 billion dollars in OpenAI's ChatGPT.

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