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Microsoft’s AI-powered Copilot for Windows 10 is now available to test

Microsoft’s AI-powered Copilot for Windows 10 is now available to test

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Windows 10 users can now try out a preview of Copilot, the AI-powered feature that was previously only available on Windows 11.

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Microsoft is allowing Windows 10 users to try out the Copilot feature that was previously only available in Windows 11. The software giant announced last week that Copilot would be making its way to Windows 10, and now there’s a Release Preview version of the OS available for testers with Copilot baked in.

Copilot in Windows 10 works very similar to how it appears in Windows 11, with a button on the right-hand side of the taskbar that lets you bring up the AI-powered chatbot to answer queries and generate text. There are some slight differences in features simply because some of the skills or actions available in Windows 11 don’t exist in Windows 10.

Windows 10 Home or Pro users that are in the Release Preview channel can test Copilot right now, and it will likely only be a matter of days or weeks before all Windows 10 users in supported markets get this new feature.

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Copilot running in Windows 10.
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Microsoft explained last week that it was “revisiting” its approach to Windows 10, less than two years before it plans to end support for the operating system. Microsoft says it’s making “additional investments” in Windows 10 and that there could be more AI features coming in the future. Microsoft says it still won’t be making any major updates to Windows 10, though.

“This is the last version of Windows 10, so that’s 22H2, we’re not changing any of that with Windows 10,” insisted Aaron Woodman, vice president of Windows marketing, in a briefing with The Verge last week. “We’re not making any changes to the end of support for Windows 10, which remains at October 14th, 2025.”

It’s no surprise that Copilot is coming to Windows 10, though. It’s still an incredibly popular operating system, with Windows 11 adoption lagging behind. A recent report, based on internal Microsoft data, revealed Windows 11 had reached just 400 million devices after two years since its launch. Windows 10 reached that milestone a year after its release and hit 600 million devices a few months after its two-year anniversary.