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### Unveiling the Latest Update for Activating AI Chatbot Feature on Microsoft Devices

The keyboard redesign will be Microsoft’s biggest change to PC keyboards since it introduced …

As Microsoft utilizes its authority in the computer industry to influence the evolution of keyboards, a keystroke will be the gateway to activating an AI assistant.

A unique feature known as the “Copilot key,” specifically crafted to initiate Microsoft’s AI chatbot, is set to debut on certain new PCs running the Windows operating system.

In a strategic maneuver to leverage its collaboration with OpenAI, the brains behind ChatGPT, Microsoft is solidifying its position as a focal point for conversational AI technology by embedding an AI switch into laptops manufactured by third-party companies.

Despite the widespread reliance on smartphones for internet connectivity and AI capabilities, this advancement signals the beginning of a fiercely competitive era for tech behemoths striving for dominance in this realm, all while contending with ethical and legal dilemmas. Recently, The New York Times took legal action against OpenAI and Microsoft, alleging unauthorized utilization of copyrighted news articles in the development of tools like ChatGPT and Copilot, originally named Bing Talk.

Since Microsoft introduced the distinctive Windows key in the 1990s, the upcoming keyboard revamp stands as the most substantial modification to PC keyboards by the corporation. While the iconic four-paneled Windows emblem has undergone evolution, it has remained a staple on Windows-centric keyboards for close to three decades.

The new AI button will showcase the ribbon-like Navigator symbol and will be situated in close proximity to the space bar. On specific devices, it will replace the traditional “CTRL” key, while on others, it will take the place of the menu key.

In addition to Microsoft, various other companies provide tailored keys. Apple was a trailblazer in this regard during the 1980s with its “Command” key featuring a looped square symbol initially adorned with an Apple logo. On the flip side, Google incorporated an AI-specific key to activate its voice assistant on the now-defunct Pixelbook and integrated a search button on Chromebooks.

Nevertheless, Microsoft maintains a slightly firmer hold on the PC market owing to licensing agreements with prominent manufacturers such as Lenovo, Dell, and HP. According to IDC, a renowned market research entity, approximately 82% of desktops, laptops, and workstations worldwide operate on Windows, in stark contrast to Apple’s proprietary OS at 9% and Google’s at just over 6%.

Beyond Microsoft’s top-tier Surface lineup, the specific computer manufacturers incorporating the Copilot key have not been officially divulged. It is anticipated that some of these companies will unveil their latest models at the upcoming Les device show in Las Vegas.

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