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April 18, 2024

Microsoft Admits Mistake in Inclusion of Copilot App in Windows Server

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Copilot app in Windows Server doesn’t work and doesn’t collect any data, Microsoft reassures

If you were among the Windows Server 2022 users who recently spotted a new Microsoft Copilot app added to the list of installed programs, don’t fret – it’s not an actual app, and it doesn’t work.

It’s just a mistake on Microsoft’s part, a tail left behind the tests Microsoft ran for Windows Server 2025, recently.

As reported by BleepingComputer, Microsoft acknowledged the error earlier this week, and added that it affected systems running Windows 10 22H2 and Windows 11 21H2, or newer.

“Updates to Edge browser version 123.0.2420.65, released on March 28, 2024 and later, might incorrectly install a new package (MSIX) called ‘Microsoft chat provider for Copilot in Windows’ on Windows devices. This may cause the Microsoft Copilot app to appear unexpectedly in the Installed apps section of the Settings menu,” the company explained in a release.

The triggering error was part of an update for the Edge browser. Microsoft has assured that the mistakenly installed “app” neither collects nor exports data to company servers.

“We want to clarify that the Microsoft chat provider for Copilot in Windows does not run any code or process, nor does it collect, analyze, or transmit any device or environmental data,” further clarified Microsoft. 

Although the package is intended to eventually be part of the OS, as highlighted by BleepingComputer, it should currently not be visible on all Windows devices. 

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“As part of the upcoming resolution of this issue, the chat provider for Copilot in Windows component will be removed from devices where Microsoft Copilot is not intended to be enabled or installed. This includes most Windows Server devices,” Microsoft said. “We are working on a resolution and will provide an update in an upcoming release of Microsoft Edge.”

The company started testing Microsoft Copilot in WIndows Server 2025 preview builds earlier this year, but removed it after a backlash from the community.

Sead is a seasoned freelance journalist based in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. He writes about IT (cloud, IoT, 5G, VPN) and cybersecurity (ransomware, data breaches, laws and regulations). In his career, spanning more than a decade, he’s written for numerous media outlets, including Al Jazeera Balkans. He’s also held several modules on content writing for Represent Communications.

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