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WINDOWS PC users are about to receive their next big update, with three big perks including a new AI assistant.

Microsoft has set 26 September as the date it will issue out the Windows 11 23H2 update for users across the globe.

Windows Copilot

The star feature for the new and improved version of Windows 11 is Windows Copilot, which will bring Bing Chat straight to the desktop.

Users will have their very own Copilot run on artificial intelligence (AI) to help with everyday tasks, queries and generally being "more productive", according to Microsoft.

It replaces Cortana, Microsoft's previous Windows-exclusive virtual assistant, which officially retired last month.

Here are some examples as to what you can use it for:


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  • Changing PC settings
  • Launching apps
  • Answering questions
  • Writing messages using data from your calendar
  • Troubleshooting PC problems

Windows Backup

Users will be pleased to know that Microsoft's Backup app is set to allow direct transfers for when they get a new device.

This includes everything from photos and files, to pinned apps on your Start menu and taskbar.

Ink Anywhere

PC owners who use a stylus are getting a new feature called Ink Anywhere, which lets them handwrite in any text box anywhere in Windows.

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Windows 11 will then be able to convert that writing into text.

Smaller features

The upcoming update is all about modernising, according to Microsoft.

And that includes giving the File Explorer a much-needed revamp.

The app is getting a much more modern look, with large file thumbnails and a new carousel feature that can bring recent and favourited files into eye-view.

The beloved Snipping Tool is also getting a new copy text feature that can detect text in screenshots, similar to an iPhone, which users can copy and paste into messages to contacts.

The Photos app is also changing, with new additions like background blur and automatic redaction for emails and phone numbers.

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