Satya Nadella’s company wants to be the technology company with the best use of artificial intelligence. Both in its business use and in its utilities for customers. And the Copilot tool from Windows promises to be the future.
With Copilot appearing in all Microsoft applications, it was only a matter of time before the AI assistant made its debut in the classic Windows text processing software, Notepad.
Indeed, the latest update of the Insider branch of Windows 11 has done it and has added the Copilot functionality to the basic application. And not only that, but the update brings some welcome changes to the Windows snipping tool.
Microsoft Notepad is compatible with Copilot
Microsoft has announced the patch on the Windows Insider blog. At the time of writing, this update is only available in the special branch of Windows 11 Insider, where new features can be tested before their release. Therefore, you will have to wait a little longer for this update to reach computers worldwide.
With this update, users can right-click on the text within a Notepad document and click on a new button called “Explain with Copilot“.
This will send the text to the Windows AI assistant, which will summarize everything it is given. Microsoft claims that this will be useful for understanding both system log files and code segments.
The Notepad is not the only application that is being updated. The Snipping Tool is gaining the ability to annotate screenshots after taking them. This includes the addition of arrows, boxes, and circles, as well as color options for each. This makes it easier for users to highlight or indicate a specific part of an image.
These updates seem to be exclusive to Windows 11, which means that Windows 10 users will not get them. That being said, since the end of support date for Windows 10 is approaching quickly, now would be a good time to update the operating system.