VENDORiQ: Microsoft Adds AI Button to Keyboards for Quick Chatbot Access

Microsoft introduces an AI button on keyboards, reflecting the growing trend of integrating AI into everyday use. Explore how this move is shaping the future of end-user computing and the potential it holds for digital workplaces.

The Latest

January 2024: Microsoft added a Copilot button on its new Windows 11 PCs. This dedicated key launches the company’s AI assistant, Copilot, to offer text summarisation, meeting assistance, and more. Microsoft added that this is just one of the many AI-related, on-device intelligence features it will offer.

Why It’s Important

Microsoft’s AI button was introduced to bend to the notion that AI, and in Microsoft’s case, Copilot, will be part of everyday use. This may not be successful in the long term and is not an accurate representation of the future of AI in end-user computing. IBRS believes that AI will still become embedded into many platforms, where search features will merge with conversation models to deliver the ‘Star Trek-like’ experience. Today, we’re witnessing how this has already found its way into mobile devices and smart audio products (headphones, glasses, etc.). Enterprise staff should be aware of this new normal for digital interaction – having a touchscreen in the field rather than having a button on the keyboard.

Who’s Impacted

  • Digital workplace teams
  • Strategy teams
  • CIO, CDO, and innovation teams

What’s Next?

  • Train employees on adopting AI in working life as traditional job descriptions change, new professions emerge, and tools become more sophisticated due to the enrichment of new possibilities driven by AI. 

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