Microsoft was pushing AI throughout its products during entire 2023 and consolidated the name to Copilot in all occurrences. Now, you can find the Copilot icon added in Windows 11 as a default feature. This is similar to Bing AI Chat that you can see in Edge sidebar as well as on Bing website. This article deals with how AI Copilot looks, problems with Copilot approach and how you can disable Copilot in Windows 11.
Update: As we published this article, Microsoft announced Copilot Pro for $20 subscription per month. So, it’s all about money for pushing Copilot everywhere in Windows and all other products.
Windows 11 Copilot
First, make sure to update your system to the latest Windows 11 version. You will see a new Copilot icon automatically appear next to search icon/bar/box in the Taskbar. At this point, it shows PRE on the icon indicating it is in preview stage.
On the latest Windows Insider Preview version, Copilot is moved to the right edge of Taskbar. So, you can expect this to be the case with the stable Windows 11 sooner.
Click on the icon to launch Copilot which will open as a right sidebar on the screen display.
Is it Worth to Use Windows 11 Copilot?
As mentioned, Copilot is mostly same as previous Bing Chat AI and Microsoft did not introduce anything new. You have the same three conversation styles as Creative, Balanced or Precise and post your question to start a conversation. At this point, you have limit of 2000 words per query and 30 iterations per chat. You can anytime click the chat icon showing left side of the text box or the refresh icon on the top to start a new conversation to overcome the limits.
Windows 11 Copilot will be useful if you are already using AI chat stuff like image creation. Otherwise, it will be annoying as Windows already has in-built search option. For example, when you ask Copilot to “open Notepad”, you need to confirm the action before opening the app. This defeats the purpose of audio input as you still need to press the “Yes” button to open the app.
In some cases, Copilot also starts searching the internet instead of triggering actions within Windows.
The point here is that you can use the default Windows Search in Taskbar to conveniently open any app and search for queries. The web search with Windows Search also shows results using same Bing search.
At least, Windows Search shows result from individual websites without scrapping and skewing the answers. You can also filter the results in Windows Search which is very useful to find relevant items within your computer. The only difference we could see is that Copilot is conversational but we still don’t see the importance of keeping it on the desktop screen all the time.
Copilot in Microsoft Edge
Microsoft Edge browser also shows Copilot icon in sidebar to use AI chat. Earlier it used to show Bing AI chat icon, then it was removed in favor of Taskbar Copilot and now it has come back as Edge Copilot. You can use this exactly the same way as Taskbar Copilot. In addition, you can create blog posts and compose emails in Edge which you can’t do from Taskbar icon. So, it’s a confusion to keep Copilot in Edge and Taskbar with different features.
If you want the Taskbar Copilot to use content from Edge tabs, click the three horizontal dots icon showing on top right corner of Copilot and select “Settings” option. And then turn on “Let Copilot use content from Microsoft Edge” option.
Other Copilot Problems
Besides Microsoft keep on changing Windows 11 interface to fit Copilot, there are few problems with pushing Copilot in primary interface (on desktop screen).
- AI results are factually incorrect in many situations.
- It is very slow and does not respond some times.
- Copilot is not available in all the countries like China. It will be annoying to see the icon in Taskbar and Edge but clicking on it will show “Sorry, this service is not available in your region”. If you purchased laptop from those countries or travel there, then this Copilot will become useless.
Enable or Disable Windows 11 Copilot
At this point, it does not make sense to use Copilot just to get factually incorrect results from Bing AI chat. Even if you want, you can use Windows Search, Edge Copilot or directly on bing.com instead of trying it from your Taskbar. Also, this Copilot will occupy large space and disturb other apps when you have laptop with smaller screen. So, you can simply remove the Taskbar icon till the time Microsoft comes with some useful Copilot features.
- Right-click on Taskbar and select “Taskbar settings” option.
- Alternatively, press “Windows + I” keys to open Settings app and navigate to “Personalization > Taskbar” section.
- Expand “Taskbar items” section and turn off “Copilot (preview)” option.
- This will remove the Copilot icon from Taskbar and you can use Windows Search option instead.
For removing Copilot from Edge sidebar, go to “edge://settings/sidebar” page. Select “Copilot” under “App specific settings” section and turn off “Show Copilot” option.
With AI hype is fading slowly, but Microsoft is not ready to give up their Bing AI stuff. There are duplicate operations in Windows 11 with Windows Search, Cortana (retired), Edge Copilot and Taskbar Copilot. Windows 11 is a premium software for the purpose of keeping things on PERSONAL COMPUTER and not primarily for chatting and scrapping from internet. Microsoft should remember this fact and understand pushing Copilot to large users through Windows 11 is not the way to go with AI. It will spoil good experience you can get with the default features like Windows 11 Search. So, for now, you can simply disable Copilot and continue your stuff.