Microsoft Introduces New Hover-to-Launch Feature for Copilot in Windows 11 Preview Update

March 06, 2024 – In a recent development, Microsoft has announced a new way to launch Copilot in the Windows 11 Preview update KB5034857. According to the tech giant, users will now be able to hover their mouse over the Copilot taskbar button, eliminating the need for a click, to automatically open the Copilot window. This adds to the existing options of using keyboard shortcuts or clicking on the taskbar button.

However, Microsoft has also clarified that the Copilot window will automatically close if there is no interaction for a certain period of time. This feature, designed to enhance user convenience and efficiency, is set to roll out gradually to Windows Insiders in the Beta Channel in the coming weeks.

Additionally, Microsoft is exploring the possibility of automatically opening Copilot at system startup for computers equipped with 27-inch or larger displays with a horizontal resolution of 1920 pixels or higher. This move underscores the company’s commitment to optimizing the user experience based on display size and resolution.

It’s worth noting that this isn’t the first time Microsoft has experimented with similar functionality. In the past, the company tested opening “Windows Search” using the same approach but ultimately decided not to include it in the final release. With the introduction of this new Copilot feature, it appears that Microsoft is once again exploring ways to streamline user interactions and improve overall system usability.

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