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    ISSUE 20.49.1 • 2023-12-07


    By Susan Bradley

    The upcoming December updates will begin Microsoft’s process of dribbling out Windows Copilot.

    No question here — I’m raising the MS-DEFCON level to 2.

    I’m not sure I understand why Copilot needed to be so deeply embedded in Windows, at least right now. It’s obvious that putting the guts of AI support into the operating system is inevitable, because Microsoft’s apps are rapidly evolving to include Copilot.

    However, Microsoft’s icon for Copilot still includes the “PRE” badge, which in effect signals that we’re all still beta testers for a Copilot preview. Besides, with your Microsoft account and Edge, you can play around with Copilot at low risk. Even that generates some uncertainty, because I’ve seen Copilot in Bing deliver wrong answers.

    Maybe the bugs should be worked out before Copilot is welded permanently to Windows.

    Anyone can read the full MS-DEFCON Alert (20.49.1, 2023-12-07).