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Microsoft expands Copilot for GitHub, will soon put it into Windows 10

Microsoft expands Copilot for GitHub, will soon put it into Windows 10

As far as Microsoft is concerned, 2023 is the year of Copilot – whether in GitHub or Windows 11. Now, with GitHub Copilot Enterprise, it is presenting an AI programming tool that can adapt to a specific organization’s codebase. It is also said to be about to introduce Windows Copilot on Windows 10, shortly after it debuted on Windows 11.

Back in July, GitHub produced Copilot X, which can make suggestions to automate many programming tasks for a single user. Now Microsoft’s subsidiary is presenting a solution that should also be able to work at scale. GitHub Copilot Enterprise can gain a “deeper context” around an organization’s internal codebases, so that the suggested code and changes better reflect how the company in question operates. This is possible in part because it will now be possible to ingest documentation of proprietary programming code into the tool, thus gathering the aforementioned context. The new offering does include a policy engine that can prevent certain sensitive data from being used by the AI tool to generate code.

Impressive results

According to GitHub, the Copilot tool is already speeding up developers’ work by 55 percent. The enterprise solution hopes to automate many more tasks, especially the most “mundane tasks during the developer lifecycle.” Developers can henceforth detect bugs in human language within an enterprise environment with internal code. Such features can also be found with AWS CodeWhisperer, which shows just how competitive the landscape currently is when it comes to AI coding tools. As it happens, Copilot Enterprise is still a while away: it will launch in February 2024.

Copilots everywhere

Microsoft has put Copilot in almost every app it has this year: every 365 application and even Windows 11 is now equipped with it. Now it looks like Windows 10 users will also have the chance to use Copilot, according to Windows Central sources.

Since Windows 11 adoption is still quite low, there are still 1 billion monthly active users on Windows 10. Many of those machines are not suitable for the upgrade to 11 due to certain restrictions, and thus seemed to be excluded from an OS-level AI assistant. Nothing could be further from the truth: an update is expected “soon” that will also put Copilot in the Windows 10 taskbar. For end users, there will be little difference between Windows 10 and 11 in this area, according to Windows Central.

Whether that will extend support for Windows 10 beyond its current end date of October 2025 remains to be seen. However, it would be welcomed amongst numerous petitioners at PIRG, as they recently touted that 400 million Windows 10 PCs could soon go to the scrap heap if Microsoft does not repent.

Also read: “Microsoft abandoning 400 million Windows 10 PCs”