Microsoft has added a picture of a QR code to the Windows 11 lock screen with a link to Copilot AI assistant programs

Microsoft has added a picture of a QR code to the Windows 11 lock screen with a link to Copilot AI assistant programs

In early March 2024, Microsoft added an image with a QR code to the center of the Windows 11 lock screen with a link to the Copilot AI assistant mobile apps on Android and iOS. Microsoft tried to promote its AI service to a larger number of customers. It’s just that Windows 11 users didn’t appreciate such an innovation of the company and changing the OS interface to add application ads on other platforms.

Scanning a large QR code image with a strange Copilot ad redirects users to the Copilot website with another QR code to download newly released Android and iOS apps.

It turns out that this QR code is literally embedded in the lock screen image file. Users believe that this is not a bug or some accident, but was done on purpose by Microsoft (AppData -> Local -> Packages -> Microsoft.Windows.ContentDeliveryManager_cw5n1h2txyewy -> LocalState -> Assets -> add .png to the ends of the images (add .png to the end of the images)).

Neowin contacted Microsoft and asked the company to explain what is happening. In response, a Microsoft spokesperson confirmed that the QR code is intended to “inform customers” about Copilot. “The notification was simply a way to inform and educate users about the new features of Copilot. After receiving user complaints about this situation, the deployment of this QR code message has been stopped. We value the quality of service to our customers and always learn to determine what and for whom is the most valuable,” said Microsoft.

At the end of October 2023, Windows 11 23H2 was released, which includes new AI features such as Copilot and Cocreator in Paint, a modern Explorer, and many other interface and software updates.

In February, Microsoft decided to disable the “Show desktop” button to make room for the Copilot AI assistant on the taskbar. Microsoft also plans to open Windows Copilot at system startup, but only on widescreen devices larger than 27 inches.

Previously, Microsoft introduced an update to Notepad for Windows 11. It now features Copilot. It will help analyze the content of text files. Microsoft also announced the replacement of the Microsoft 365 Chat program in Microsoft Teams with Copilot.

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