New Copilot Key: Microsoft Announces a Major Change to PC keyboards after 30 Years

Jan 5, 2024 | 0 comments

Copilot Key on Keyboards

After 30 years, Microsoft has announced a big change in keyboards. Microsoft is going to add a new Copilot Key to the keyboards of upcoming laptops and PCs. The last change in PC keyboards was done in 1994, when Microsoft added the Windows key to the keyboards. Microsoft said that the new Copilot key will be available on new PCs, made and sold by manufacturers that run on the Windows operating system, and will be available starting in February 2024. 

“This will not only simplify people’s computing experience but also amplify it, making 2024 the year of the AI PC,” said Yusuf Mehdi, the executive vice president and consumer chief marketing officer at Microsoft, in a blog post. He also added, “We’ll definitely see more AI features from Microsoft this year, too.”

After rebranding Bing Chat to Copilot, the Microsoft Copilot app was recently launched on Android as well as iOS, and now Microsoft is adding it to keyboards. Pressing the copilot key on the keyboard will open Microsoft’s AI-powered chatbot, Copilot. Microsoft Copilot has the ability to write scripts, emails, and content. It can analyze reports, generate images, and complete various complex tasks.

Where will the Copilot key be placed on keyboards?

The traditional keyboard consists of two window keys; after pressing the window key, the start menu opens up. The Copilot key will be replaced by the window key, which is currently present at the right of the spacebar, and the alt key on current keyboards.  Whereas the exact positioning and key being replaced will depend on the size and layout of the keyboard, Copilot must be enabled on the user’s device; otherwise, pressing the copilot key will result in the opening of Windows Search.


The addition of the Copilot key on keyboards will make it easy for users to interact with Copilot in their day-to-day lives. Microsoft is currently integrating AI into its products and software really quickly as compared to other tech giants. We might see some more AI features from Microsoft’s side at the CES 2024 event, which will happen in Las Vegas from January 9 to January 12.

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