Copilot AI Assistant Now Available for Windows 11 Local Accounts

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Microsoft recently released Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 26090 to Dev and Canary channel participants. This build signifies progress in two key areas: expanded functionality for local accounts and continued refinement of the user interface.

Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 26090 Unveils Advancements in Local Account Functionality and User Interface Refinements

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The most notable addition is the integration of Copilot, Microsoft’s AI assistant, with local Windows accounts. Previously, Copilot access was limited to users with Microsoft accounts. While a Microsoft account remains mandatory for initial setup in stable Windows 11 builds, this update allows existing local account users to leverage Copilot’s capabilities – albeit with a limitation of 10 interactions before requiring a Microsoft or Entra ID login. This suggests a potential shift towards broader local account compatibility for Copilot in the future.

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Another noteworthy change is the disappearance of the watermark typically present on the desktop background in unfinished builds. This implies a greater degree of development completion for Build 26090.

On the user interface front, Microsoft is testing a new left-hand side navigation bar for widgets. This bar aims to streamline navigation between widgets and integrated tools like Microsoft Discover, enhancing user experience and discoverability. However, the rollout of this feature will be gradual, suggesting further optimization before wider availability.

The build also incorporates stability improvements, addressing potential bugs and glitches. Importantly, all features in Build 26090 are currently exclusive to Windows Insiders and will be integrated into future public updates for Windows 11.

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This update signifies Microsoft’s ongoing efforts to enhance the Windows 11 user experience. Expanding Copilot’s reach and refining the user interface demonstrate a commitment to both functionality and aesthetics. With further testing and development, these features have the potential to significantly improve the overall Windows 11 experience for a wider user base.

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