5 Special Features Coming with Microsoft Copilot+ PCs

From advanced AI processing to immersive display capabilities, Copilot+ PCs offer a seamless and unparalleled computing experience.

Introduction

Introducing Copilot+ PCs – the epitome of cutting-edge technology and innovation in the world of high-performance computing.

With a slew of groundbreaking features, these next-generation PCs are set to redefine the way users interact with their devices.

From advanced AI processing to immersive display capabilities, Copilot+ PCs offer a seamless and unparalleled computing experience.

Let’s delve into the top 5 features that make Copilot+ PCs a game-changer in the industry.

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Microsoft’s vision of running AI locally

Microsoft says it has completely reimagined the Windows PC to run on a new infrastructure that combines the CPU, GPU and NPU. It’s working with several partners to make this happen, including chipmakers AMD, Intel and Qualcomm as well as laptop manufacturers.

Its vision for so-called AI PCs is taking shape with Copilot+ PCs, which are designed to run many generative AI processes locally instead of in the cloud. (To read about copilot+ PCs read our last article on the release). This will benefit the public at large especially the developer community.

Read more 3 Trillion Dollar from a Garage: 40 Year Journey of Microsoft – techovedas

Five features coming with Copilot+ PCs

1. Copilot PCs will run on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X series

Qualcomm recently released its snapdragon X elite and X plus processors for laptops. They are built on ARM architecture and AI processing is one of the key features. This chip incorporates the Qualcomm AI Engine, capable of running generative AI models with over 13 billion parameters on-device, delivering a remarkable 4.5 times faster AI processing than its rivals.

Windows leveraging these numbers, chose Qualcomm for its AI focused PCs.

Read more Snapdragon X Elite: Everything you need to know about Qualcomm’s Laptop processor – techovedas

2. Retrace your steps with Recall

With Recall, you have an explorable timeline of your PC’s past. Just describe how you remember it and Recall will retrieve the moment you saw it. Recall’s analysis allows you to search for content, including both images and text, using natural language.

Trying to remember the name of the Korean restaurant your friend Alice mentioned? Just ask Recall and it retrieves both text and visual matches for your search, automatically sorted by how closely the results match your search.

Your PC needs the following minimum system requirements for Recall:

  • Copilot+ PC
  • 16 GB RAM
  • 8 logical processors
  • 256 GB storage capacity
    • To enable Recall, you’ll need at least 50 GB of storage space free
    • Saving screenshots automatically pauses once the device has less than 25 GB of storage space

3. Sketch brainstorm with an AI image generator

Cocreator tool from windows

The Paint app which has been coming with windows since windows XP days. But in 2024 windows is infusing it with AI.

Cocreator is an innovative AI image generation tool integrated into the Paint application. Users can sketch within Paint, and Cocreator will produce images based on those sketches with the desired level of detail. This real-time AI allows sketching via mouse or touchscreen while entering text prompts.

Cocreator has a unique feature called Ink Anywhere that permits using a pen on a touchscreen to handwrite text prompts instead of typing them.

When added to Paint, Cocreator can be activated through a dedicated icon in the ribbon menu. This opens a right-side panel for entering prompts. After generating an image, sliders appear in the Cocreator panel to adjust the detail. This allows customizing the image to user preferences.

4. Live captions

Live Caption is an enhanced translation feature that provides real-time subtitles during video calls and streaming media. Expanding on existing Windows 11 accessibility capabilities, it now translates audio from 44 languages into on-screen English text.

When enabled in Quick Settings during video playback, Live Captions listens to spoken words and instantly converts them to subtitles. It aims to work across various video chat platforms and media types.

Live captions works on local videos

The tool builds on previous Windows translation features by extending support to 10 additional languages and enabling live transcription.

5. Windows studio effects

windows studio effects on a live footage

It Effects is a tool for video and audio calls. The feature comes with four tools to help enhance video and audio calls.

1. There are three filter styles: illustrated, animated and watercolor to add some style to calls. This also includes improved portrait blur, ensuring that a blurred background outlines users properly.

2. Portrait lighting dynamically adjusts the lighting to ensure users maintain a natural appearance and remain visible throughout calls.

3. The eye contact teleprompter helps users maintain eye contact especially when reading content or not directly looking at the screen.

4. Voice focus is a noise cancellation tool to reduce background sounds.

The effect can be turned on in Quick Settings and automatically applied to any video or audio platform. The best part being all of this will be processed local by leveraging the NPU in the laptop’s SoC

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Conclusion

Microsoft’s vision of infusing AI into every layer of Windows promises to usher in a new era of personalized computing. By leveraging on-device AI processing using NPUs, features like Recall, Cocreator, live captions and Windows Studio Effects aim to enhance productivity and creativity. Developers will benefit from powerful tools to build innovative AI applications that run seamlessly on Windows. If Microsoft delivers on its ambitions, AI will become an essential feature that consumers will consider before purchasing a PC.

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