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GitHub Issues & Projects – Project status updates & issues side panel

Today's changelog brings you project status updates and an updated issues side panel in Projects!

🟢 Project status updates

You can now provide high level details on the status, timing, and progress of your project, directly from the project! This makes it easy to know and share with others how your work is progressing, any risks, and a history of when and why something changed, all in the same place where you're tracking your work.

You can access status updates from the Project details panel, where you can also add a short description or README with additional project information. Select Add update to give your project a Status, Start date, or Target date, along with additional details or mentioning another user or team. You can also edit, delete, or copy a link to a specific update to make it easy to share with others.

Once you add a status update to a project, you'll find it visible in the project header and the project index pages, so you can quickly find and access the high level details for all of your projects in a single place and drill in for more information.

project index page showing the description and start / end dates next to the project name

For more details, check out the documentation.

🛝 Issues side panel in Projects

Projects has an updated issues side panel which matches the design of issues reached from a repository. In addition to providing a consistent experience, this update also means that issues accessed from a project have all timeline events and include any other projects the issue is a part of, making it easier to manage issues from either a project or a repository.

The image shows a project with an open issue page in a side panel

Bug fixes and improvements

  • Fixed a bug where labels were being unexpectedly changed on issues when adding them to a project
  • Improved the workflow name editing experience by providing a dialog
  • Improved keyboard focus and navigation on the Insights and Workflows pages

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See how to use GitHub for project planning with GitHub Issues, check out what's on the roadmap, and learn more in the documentation.

🌐 Upcoming deprecation of Copilot Chat API endpoints

Note: If you are using the latest version of the Copilot extension for Visual Studio or VS Code or you are using the Copilot plugin for JetBrains IDEs, you will not be impacted by this change.

As we announced in September, we updated the API service endpoints used by Copilot Chat. On February 1, 2024, we will deprecate the Copilot Chat API endpoints currently being routed through Instead, these requests will go through Versions 0.8.0 and later of the Copilot Chat extension for VS Code and versions 0.1.1817.27579 and later of the Copilot Chat extension for Visual Studio already route chat traffic through All versions of the Copilot plugin for JetBrains IDEs already route chat traffic through

To ensure Copilot Chat continues working from February 1, 2024, please update to the most recent version of the Copilot extension and ensure your firewall and network settings allow communication to

⏫ Update on the Copilot Enterprise Waitlist

On January 19, 2024, we will close the Copilot Enterprise waitlist in anticipation of the general availability release of Copilot Enterprise.

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Following our previous communication dated November 8, 2023, regarding the temporary rollback of the Copilot content exclusions feature, we are pleased to announce the re-deployment of this feature with significant enhancements. The rollout will be progressive during the next 10 days as we monitor the behaviour.

With Content Exclusion, GitHub Copilot Business customers will be able to prevent specified files or repositories from being used to inform code completion suggestions made by GitHub Copilot. GitHub Copilot will not be available in excluded files. Organization administrators or repository owners can choose which files or repositories are excluded. Learn more.

Overview of the Issue

Our team observed a critical issue where clients were incorrectly blocked from using Copilot due to the initial implementation of content exclusions. This was primarily caused by errors in fetching content exclusion policies from the client, leading to a temporary suspension of the feature.

Actions Undertaken

In response to this, our engineering team undertook a comprehensive review and rectification process. The issues identified in the client's code were addressed, and additional verifications were implemented on both server and client sides to prevent recurrence.

New Enhancements in the Re-deployed Feature

  • Performance Update: We have optimized the performance of the content exclusions feature, ensuring minimal impact on the user experience.
  • Extended Coverage: The feature now supports all our official Integrated Development Environments: Visual Studio, JetBrains IDEs, Visual Studio Code, and Vim/Neovim.

Current Status

  • Users with pre-existing content exclusion configurations will experience no change.
  • New and returning users can now utilize the enhanced feature across all supported IDEs.

Next Steps

We are closely monitoring the performance and user feedback post-deployment. The support for Copilot Chat is also in progress and will be part of the General Availability.

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