Microsoft fixing Copilot app that was automatically installed after Edge's March update

If you have Edge v. 123.0.2420.65, you may be affected

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Key notes

  • Microsoft is known for pushing Copilot for widespread use through various methods.
  • Some users found Copilot app installed after a recent Edge update, but Microsoft assures it’s fixing the issue.
  • Edge mistakenly installed a package, causing Copilot to appear in Installed Apps, but it’s not fully functional yet.

Microsoft wants everyone to use Copilot. There’s no secret in that. From the monotonous ad to recent flags to enable multiple ‘pedals’ on Edge, Microsoft always has one trick up its sleeves. 

Some users, however, have reportedly found the Copilot app mysteriously got installed on their desktops after an update of Microsoft Edge last month. Microsoft then says it’s nothing to worry about and is working on a fix in an upcoming release of Edge, mainly for Windows 11 version 23H2, 22H2, and 21H2, as well as Windows 10 v. 22H2.

So, what actually happened? Well, the Redmond tech giant recently stated that a new package called ‘Microsoft Chat Provider for Copilot in Windows’ is incorrectly installed by Edge version 123.0.2420.65 on Windows devices. 

This causes the Microsoft Copilot app to appear in the Installed Apps section of the Settings menu, even though it’s not fully functional because it wasn’t properly installed.

“It is important to note that the Microsoft chat provider for Copilot in Windows does not execute any code or process, and does not acquire, analyze, or transmit device or environment data in any capacity,” Microsoft reassures, saying that the package isn’t meant for all, only to prepare certain Windows devices for future Copilot use.

And it seems like Microsoft isn’t beating the shoving Copilot on everyone any time soon. How come, and why shouldn’t they? It’s the highest selling point of Windows at this point, and we will even have a dedicated Copilot key in future Windows laptops launched from this year onwards.