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Microsoft Copilot app getting installed on Windows devices
Quote:Last week, Microsoft revealed that it started to push its AI Microsoft Copilot to more Windows 10 and 11 devices. The feature, still in preview at the time of writing, shows up as an icon on the Windows taskbar.

The tool is enabled on Windows 11 version 23H2 devices by default and disabled on Windows 11 version 22H2 devices.

Eagle-eyed users over at Deskmodder discovered that Microsoft is also pushing the Microsoft Copilot application on Windows 11 devices. This new app does not power the actual Copilot functionality at this point, apparently.

A quick check on a test system did not reveal the app initially. It did appear, however, after Microsoft Edge was updated to the latest version on the system.

Microsoft Copilot app

[Image: microsoft-copilot-app.png]

The best way to check if the app is installed is the following one:
  1. Go to Settings > Apps > Installed Apps.
  2. Change the sort order to "Date installed" or type Copilot into the search field.
  3. If you see Microsoft Copilot listed, it is installed.
Note that you may use the uninstall option to remove it again from the system.  A click on "advanced options" reveals some details. The app's version is and the site is 0 bytes at the time.

This suggests that it is a placeholder app that has no functionality of its own at the time. Deskmodder dug even deeper and discovered that a few files were associated with the app, including app icons. It is unclear if the state depends on the user's region or if Microsoft is rolling out the placeholder app to all devices to update it at a later point in time.
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