Windows 11 Copilot tests auto start feature, pinning controls and adaptive interface

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Microsoft wants Copilot on Windows 11 to succeed, and it’s planning on adding a few new features. In our tests, we observed that Microsoft is experimenting with three new additions for Windows 11’s Copilot – auto start on boot, ability to unpin the AI, and change its pane size.

In Windows 11 23H2 or Moment 4, Copilot isn’t designed to start as soon as you boot your system, but this could change in future. A new optional feature is being tested in Windows 11 preview builds that lets you configure Microsoft Copilot to automatically open when the system starts.

This new Copilot settings is located inside the Personalization page, but it’s unclear if Microsoft will automatically start AI on PCs whether you use it not. At the moment, toggle “Open Copilot when Windows starts” is turned off by default, but it is designed with wider screens in mind.

Open Copilot when Windows starts
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Once enabled, Copilot opens automatically whenever you boot up your Windows PC. This change by Microsoft acknowledges the company’s efforts to raise awareness about Copilot, ensuring that those who do not know this feature can come across it on larger screens.

Unpin Windows Copilot, allow other apps to collapse it

Unpin Copilot pane

Microsoft is testing another feature that gives you give greater control over Windows Copilot. As shown in the above screenshot, you can soon unpin the pane, allowing other apps to open on top of the AI pane.

Windows Copilot unpinning
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At the moment, Copilot cannot be resized or unpinned, which means it is always placed at the side of the Windows 11 desktop once opened. Copilot doesn’t go away unless you manually close the window by clicking the ‘x’ or its icon, but this could change soon as the tech giant is making the Bing Chat-powered AI modular.

Like the rest of Windows apps, when the ‘unpin’ mode is toggled on, Windows Copilot pane will automatically collapse when you maximize another app.

Windows Copilot expanding
Windows Copilot expanding | Image Courtesy:

Similiarly, you can soon adjust the size of the Copilot pane, which features a responsive design. The “recent” and plugins tab will automatically appear on the right side of Copilot when you change its size, similar to Bing Chat for web.

We spotted these features in the public preview builds, but Microsoft appears to be A/B testing them with select groups.

We don’t know if these features will ever comes to release. It’s a long road from testing features internally to public test builds and through to production release.

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