Windows 11 Build 26227: Copilot Now a Web App, Shortcut Removed

Microsoft releases a new preview in the Canary Channel featuring several visual changes and fixes.

On May 30, 2024, Microsoft began releasing Windows 11 build 26227 to the Canary Channel of the Windows Insider Program. This minor update includes various changes, improvements, and known issues.

Windows 11 build 26227 makes Copilot a web app without dedicated shortcut
Windows 11 build 26227 makes Copilot a web app without dedicated shortcut

Key Updates and Changes

Copilot Integration: The new build transforms Copilot into a resizable and movable app on the desktop. This version of Copilot is a web application installed through the Microsoft Edge browser. Consequently, the Copilot button has been removed from the System Tray and is now pinned to the Taskbar, allowing users to unpin and uninstall it at any time.

Since Copilot is now a web application, it currently cannot change system settings. Additionally, Microsoft has removed the “Windows key + C” keyboard shortcut. To access Copilot, users can use the “Windows key + [app position number]” shortcut or a dedicated Copilot button on the keyboard.

![New Copilot app for 2024](Image: Mauro Huculak)

New Emojis: Build 26227 includes Emojis version 15.1, introducing new emojis such as head shaking horizontally and vertically, phoenix, lime, brown mushroom, and broken chain.

Settings App Enhancements: A new “Linked devices” page has been added to the “Accounts” section in the Settings app. This page allows users to manage computers and Xbox consoles connected to the same Microsoft account. This feature is available only for the Home and Pro editions of Windows 11.

Enhance Pointer Precision: Microsoft has reintroduced the “Enhance pointer precision” setting, which was previously available only in the legacy Control Panel. This setting adjusts mouse sensitivity based on cursor movement speed.

![Enhance Pointer Precision](Image: Mauro Huculak)

Fixes and Improvements

This update addresses several issues, including:

  • Stutters in Task View animations
  • Problems with restartable apps and location notifications
  • Issues with the “Alt + Tab” interface and Widgets when using keyboard shortcuts
  • Crashes in the explorer.exe process

How to Install the Update

To download and install Windows 11 build 26227, enroll your device in the Canary Channel through the “Windows Insider Program” settings in the “Update & Security” section. Once enrolled, you can download the build by clicking “Check for Updates” in the “Windows Update” settings.

If you are in the Dev Channel, you can also update from the Windows Update settings by clicking the “Check for updates” button.

Additional Update

As of May 31, 2024, Microsoft has also released preview build 26120.751 in the Dev Channel. This build includes nearly the same changes as build 26227 in the Canary Channel, with additional fixes for Country and Operator Settings Asset (COSA) profiles and Windows Update.

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