Technology Record - Issue 33: Summer 2024

16 MARKETWATCH Microsoft has introduced a new range of Windows PCs that have been designed for artificial intelligence. The first wave of Copilot+ PCs includes models from Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo and Samsung, as well as Microsoft Surface. “We have completely reimagined the entirety of the PC – from silicon to the operating system, the application layer to the cloud – with AI at the centre, marking the most significant change to the Windows platform in decades,” said Yusuf Mehdi, executive vice president and consumer chief marketing officer at Microsoft. The system architecture includes a new high performance neural processing unit, and the devices connect to large language models running in Microsoft Azure in concert with small language models, to “achieve a level of performance never seen before”. Microsoft said they are up to 20 times more powerful and up to 100 times more efficient for running AI workloads. Copilot+ PCs have the Microsoft Pluton Security processor enabled by default, and Microsoft has introduced a number of new features to Windows 11 to help users stay secure. “We’ve built in personalised privacy controls to help you protect what’s important to you,” said Mehdi. Users have access to a new feature called Recall, which will track all activity and provide access to virtual memories of what they have seen or done on the PC. It does this by searching the semantic index of the device from simple cues to provide “photographic memory” for people, said Mehdi. “You are always in control with privacy you can trust. You can delete individual snapshots, adjust and delete ranges of time in Settings, or pause at any point right from the icon in the System Tray on your Taskbar. You can also filter apps and websites from ever being saved.” New range of Windows devices designed for AI The Copilot+ PCs include AI features like Recall, subtitles and Cocreator for better collaboration and creativity Microsoft chairman and CEO Satya Nadella unveiled the new PCs at the Microsoft campus in May New high-performance NPUs are up to 20 times more powerful and up to 100 times as efficient for running AI workloads Photos: Microsoft