Windows 11 downgrades Copilot to a Microsoft Edge-based web wrapper | Laptop News

Copilot on Windows 11 isn’t interesting anymore. The Copilot button no longer makes sense, as Microsoft has downgraded Copilot in Windows to just a web wrapper. When I say web wrapper, I mean the Copilot app now literally opens in Microsoft Edge and is no longer tied to the taskbar or deeply integrated into Windows.

When Copilot arrived on Windows 11, it was pinned next to the Start menu button. A few months later, Microsoft replaced the “Show Desktop ” button with Copilot, which currently opens in a right sidebar. It also replaced Win + C keyboard shortcut, previously used for Cortana.

This shows that Microsoft has always aggressively pushed Copilot on Windows 11. It also tested Windows integration in Copilot, including an experiment that allows you to open settings and change themes from light to dark using Copilot.

Additionally, Microsoft added Copilot to Windows 10, which was surprising because Microsoft has repeatedly stated the OS is on security support. In one of the preview builds, the company had tested support for transferring files between local drives using Copilot.

Unfortunately, Windows 11’s latest update, which is rolling out to some people, removes these improvements and turns Copilot into a “web app.”

The new Copilot app no longer opens as a sidebar or integrates with Windows, which means it cannot open or change Windows settings anymore.

What’s even worse is that Microsoft has put little to no effort into integrating Copilot into Windows.

For example, if you right-click anywhere in the new Copilot app for Windows, you can view all Edge-related settings and…

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