Microsoft pausing new Copilot features on Windows 11 Beta channel

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Key notes

  • New Windows 11 Insider Preview Build available for Dev Channel with general improvements and bug fixes.
  • Dev Channel Insiders can get new features faster with a new toggle in Settings.
  • Microsoft pauses rollout of some new features for Copilot in Windows based on feedback.

Windows Insiders in the Dev Channel can now download Insider Preview Build 26120.461 (KB5037009). This update doesn’t bring anything big but some general improvements and bug fixes, along with an important update for Copilot in Windows.

Microsoft is pausing the rollout of some new features for Copilot in Windows based on user feedback. These features included the ability for Copilot to act like a normal application window and an animating taskbar icon. Copilot will continue to function normally while Microsoft refines these features.

This update also includes a fix for an issue that caused Copilot to auto-launch unexpectedly after restarting a PC.

Reminders for Windows Insiders in the Dev Channel

  • Updates released to the Dev Channel are based off Windows 11, version 24H2.
  • Features and experiences included in these builds may never get released as we try out different concepts and get feedback. Features may change over time, be removed, or replaced and never get released beyond Windows Insiders. Some of these features and experiences could show up in future Windows releases when they’re ready.
  • Many features in the Dev Channel are rolled out using Control Feature Rollout technology, starting with a subset of Insiders and ramping up over time as we monitor feedback to see how they land before pushing them out to everyone in this channel.
  • Windows Insiders in the Dev Channel who want to be the first to get features gradually rolled out to you*, you can turn ON the toggle to get the latest updates as they are available via Settings > Windows Update. Over time, we will increase the rollouts of features to everyone with the toggle turned on. Should you keep this toggle off, new features will gradually be rolled out to your device over time once they are ready.
  • Because the Dev and Beta Channels represent parallel development paths from our engineers, there may be cases where features and experiences show up in the Beta Channel first.
  • Check out Flight Hub for a complete look at what build is in which Insider channel.
  • Copilot in Windows** in preview is being rolled out gradually to Windows Insiders in select global markets. The initial markets for the Copilot in Windows preview include North America, United Kingdom and parts of Asia and South America. It is our intention to add additional markets over time.

More here.