Frequently asked questions
What does the X represent in GitHub Copilot X?
The “X” represents a placeholder for where we intend GitHub Copilot to become available, and what we expect it to be capable of doing (e.g. “Copilot
Additionally, The “X”, indicates the magnitude of impact we intend to have on developer achievement. Therefore, it’s a statement of intent, and a commitment to developers, as we collectively enter the age of AI. We want the industry to be confident in GitHub Copilot, and for engineering teams to view it as the neXus of their future growth.
When will GitHub Copilot X be available and how much does it cost?
GitHub Copilot X is currently a representation of GitHub’s vision for the future rather than an available product offering of GitHub Copilot. As we continue to design, test, and build features that fall into the GitHub Copilot X vision, we are also taking the time to determine the best way to provide them to our customers.
How do I get access to the upcoming features introduced with GitHub Copilot X?
While we are unable to guarantee access to each feature, you can submit your interest by joining the waitlist to preview the features that you are interested in. Joining one waitlist does not confirm your interest in more than one feature, so you must join each separately. Please note we currently don’t have guaranteed timelines for access.
Once you get access to preview a feature, please keep in mind that what you are getting access to is considered beta or a technical preview, meaning the feature may still have some kinks to work out.
Will these upcoming features be included in GitHub Copilot for Business or GitHub Copilot for Individuals?
GitHub Copilot for Business and GitHub Copilot for Individuals will continue to be offered with the same feature set you know today. As we continue to design, test, and build features that fall into the GitHub Copilot X vision, we are also taking the time to determine the best way to provide them to our customers, which may include changes to Copilot for Business and Copilot for Individuals.
What is GitHub’s perspective on responsible use of AI?
We’ve been committed to innovating responsibly with GitHub Copilot from the start and will continue to invest in the AI-powered developer experience of the future. And as a Microsoft company, we are committed to making sure AI systems are developed responsibly and in ways that warrant people’s trust. Here are just some of the principles we are committed to with GitHub Copilot:
Keeping it professional. We apply sentiment analysis to suggestions to keep slang, slurs, and hate speech out of GitHub Copilot responses.
Improving code quality. We don’t just pass-through any suggestion produced by the model. We also subject every suggestion to filters that evaluate code quality. While we can’t guarantee that every suggestion is perfect, our filters are getting better all the time and nudging developers toward better quality code.
Protecting user data. We know that user edit actions, source code snippets, and URLs of repositories and file paths are sensitive data. Consequently, several measures of protection are applied, including data encryption both in transit and at rest as well as strict requirements for GitHub personnel to access data.
Are there any prerequisites to get access to the technical preview for GitHub Copilot chat?
At this time, the technical preview is for VS or VSCode users. An active subscription to GitHub Copilot for Business or GitHub Copilot for Individuals is required for access to GitHub Copilot chat.
Are there any prerequisites to get access to the technical preview for GitHub Copilot for pull requests?
You must be an organization admin or an individual repository owner in order to join the waitlist to preview GitHub Copilot for pull requests.
Are there any prerequisites to get access to the technical preview for GitHub Copilot for docs?
There are no prerequisites to preview GitHub Copilot for docs. However, GitHub Copilot for docs currently supports documentation for GitHub, React, MDN, and Azure.
Are there any prerequisites to get access to the technical preview for GitHub Copilot for CLI?
An active subscription to GitHub Copilot for Business or GitHub Copilot for Individuals is required for access to GitHub Copilot for CLI.