Microsoft plans to integrate AI Copilot into the Windows 10 operating system, with the hope that this artificial intelligence assistant will have as many users as possible.
Microsoft launched its new AI assistant for Windows earlier this year with the release of Windows 11 version 23H2, which added a new Microsoft Copilot button directly to the taskbar. Microsoft has brought its Copilot to Windows 11 users, but there’s still a large number of PC users using the older Windows 10 operating system who haven’t seen any of Microsoft’s recent AI additions.
According to Windows Central, Microsoft is planning to bring Microsoft Copilot to Windows 10 in an upcoming update. Just like Windows 11, the update to Windows 10 will place the Copilot button directly on the Windows 10 taskbar, which will open the Copilot experience just like on Windows 11.
The main reason behind this decision is market share. Windows 10 is still in use on about 1 billion monthly active devices, compared to 400 million devices on Windows 11. Microsoft sees these 1 billion users as an untapped market for Copilot expansion so Adding Copilot to Windows 10 is a necessary step for the company.
Microsoft will also easily convince developers of the idea that they should build supporting software (plugins) for Copilot when it can be said that Copilot is available on 1.4 billion devices, compared to only 400 million on Windows 11. The more users Copilot has, the more reason developers have to write code for Copilot instead of letting a competitor do it.
According to Windows Central, the experience and capabilities of Copilot on Windows 10 and Windows 11 will be almost identical, including plugin compatibility on both operating system versions.