Microsoft will release the next major update to Windows 11 on September 26. The update will include a new AI-powered Windows Copilot feature, a redesigned File Explorer, a new Ink Anywhere feature for pen users, significant improvements to the Paint app, and more.

Windows Copilot is the main feature for the Windows 11 23H2 update, which brings the same Bing Chat feature straight to the Windows 11 desktop. It appears as a sidebar in Windows 11, allowing you to manage settings on your PC, launch apps, or simply respond to queries.

It’s also integrated into the entire operating system, with Microsoft executives demonstrating how to use Copilot to write text messages using data from your calendar, navigation options in Outlook, and more.

It’s also Microsoft’s latest attempt to create a digital assistant in Windows after the company shut down the Cortana app in Windows 11 last month. This time, it may prove to be more successful, especially because it is based on the same technologies that underpin Bing Chat. You can ask him real questions and get answers (which may not always be accurate).

File Explorer also takes on a more modern look with the update. The updated File Explorer interface features a modern interface with large thumbnail files and a carousel interface that can display recent files and favorites. With these changes, File Explorer fits better into the overall design of Windows 11.

Stylus users are getting a key new feature called Ink Anywhere, which allows you to write by hand using the Surface Pen or another stylus in any text box anywhere on Windows. The system will convert your entries to text and use them where possible.

The improved Windows Backup program will now allow you to back up your PC when you want to switch to a new device. This tool will automatically apply your existing settings to your new computer thanks to cloud backup. Pinned apps on the Start menu and taskbar will also be migrated, and all apps from the Microsoft Store will be automatically restored.

Previously, reported that Windows 11 brings useful features for copying text from screenshots and adding background blur to photos.