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Microsoft unveils “Copilot Plus PCs” with built-in AI hardware

Microsoft is making a major push to integrate AI into Windows laptops. The company is introducing a new “Copilot Plus PCs” branding to highlight Windows laptops that come with built-in AI hardware and AI-powered features across the operating system.

Key details:

  • All of Microsoft’s major laptop partners, including Dell, Lenovo, Samsung, HP, Acer, and Asus, will offer Copilot Plus PCs.
  • Microsoft is also introducing two Copilot Plus PCs as part of its Surface line.
  • The AI capabilities will be powered by a neural processor included in the laptops.
  • One of the flagship features is “Recall,” which uses AI to create a searchable “photographic memory” of everything done on the PC.
  • Copilot, Microsoft’s built-in AI assistant, will gain support for OpenAI’s GPT-4o model.
  • Microsoft claims the new laptops will be 58% faster than a MacBook Air with an M3 processor and have all-day battery life.
  • Copilot Plus PCs will have minimum specifications, including a 256GB SSD, integrated neural processor, and 16GB of RAM.
  • The first Copilot Plus PCs will launch on June 18th and use Qualcomm processors, with Intel and AMD models to follow later.

Moreover, Microsoft’s own AI assistant, Copilot, will be enhanced with support for OpenAI’s powerful GPT-4o model, expanding its conversational abilities and analytical prowess.

Microsoft has secured the support of its major laptop partners, including Dell, Lenovo, Samsung, HP, Acer, and Asus, all of whom will be offering Copilot Plus PC models. The tech giant is also introducing two Copilot Plus PCs as part of its Surface lineup.

According to Microsoft, these new laptops will offer a significant performance boost, with claims of being 58% faster than a MacBook Air equipped with an M3 processor. Additionally, they are touted to deliver all-day battery life.

To ensure a consistent level of capability, Copilot Plus PCs will have minimum hardware specifications, including a 256GB SSD, integrated neural processor, and 16GB of RAM – double the RAM of the base MacBook Air configuration.

The first wave of Copilot Plus PCs will launch on June 18th, utilizing Qualcomm processors. Models featuring Intel and AMD chipsets are expected to follow at a later date.

Microsoft’s ambitious Copilot Plus PC initiative represents a bold step towards integrating cutting-edge AI technology into the Windows laptop experience. As the company aims to “reimagine the platform that fuels our work and passion,” consumers and professionals alike can anticipate a transformative shift in the way they interact with their Windows devices.

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