In a recent development, Microsoft has added the newest build, 23580, to the Windows 11 Dev channel Insiders. The latest update promises performance improvement specifically for the Nearby Share transfer speeds and introduces local account support for Windows Copilot.
Local account support for Copilot allows users to have a limited number of queries with the AI before they need to sign in. Notable in the developments is also the highlighting of modifications in the Dev Channel. Noteworthy is the possibility of some of these changes making their way into the servicing updates for the released version of Windows 11.
Enhancements in Microsoft Store Game Installations
In tandem, the company has also updated the Microsoft Store. Game installations can now be more personalized owing to the addition of features that let users choose their preferred installation directory.
Specifically for Windows Insiders in the Canary and Dev Channels operating version 22310.xxxx.x and higher of Microsoft Store, a key improvement is rolling out. When downloading high-profile games like Starfield, Halo Infinite, or Forza Motorsport, users are offered the opportunity to specify the installation drive. Settings are synchronized with the Xbox app on a PC, promising a consistent gaming experience.
Expansion of Windows and Microsoft Copilot
Local account support for Widows Copilot comes in preview the same week that Microsoft brought the AI assistant to the masses. Copilot is bundled into Windows 11 23H2, which saw its general availability wide release this week. As a replacement for Cortana, Copilot is designed to assist with a variety of tasks based on Bing Chat and is expected to become an essential part of Windows usability.
Windows Copilot is also a part of Microsoft Copilot, which is a unified AI that combines Windows Copilot, Microsoft 365 Copilot, and Bing Chat. It appears as a sidebar in Windows 11, allowing users to control settings, launch apps, or answer queries, essentially serving as an AI-powered digital assistant.