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Microsoft Introduces New Copilot+ PCs With AI Chips

Last Updated on May 21, 2024 by SPN Editor

In a groundbreaking announcement, Microsoft unveiled a new category of Windows PCs designed specifically for artificial intelligence (AI) workloads: Copilot+ PCs. These cutting-edge devices promise unparalleled performance, all-day battery life, and seamless access to advanced AI models.

This strategic move comes on the heels of Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s bold prediction during an earnings call: “By 2024, AI will become a first-class part of every PC.”

However, Microsoft has faced challenges in promoting Arm-based Windows computers. These devices haven’t consistently matched the performance of their Intel or AMD counterparts, and certain applications have proven incompatible.

The key lies in running generative AI locally. While this approach demands more computational power, it also promises enhanced battery life—a critical factor for users. As a result, Windows on Arm may become a more compelling choice.

During the Microsoft May 20 Briefing event held in Redmond, WashingtonSatya Nadella, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft, introduced a groundbreaking category of PCs. These new devices feature generative artificial intelligence tools directly integrated into Windows, the company’s world-leading operating system. Microsoft estimates that over the next 12 months, more than 50 million “AI PCs” will be sold, driven by the demand for devices powered by ChatGPT-style technology.

Nadella emphasized that these “Copilot Plus” PCs represent an entirely new class of Windows computers engineered to harness the power of distributed AI. The result? The fastest, most AI-ready Windows PCs ever built. Microsoft has been at the forefront of infusing generative AI into its products, outpacing rivals like Google. Their ChatGPT-style AI, known as Copilot, is available across various Microsoft products, including Teams, Outlook, and the Windows operating system.

Copilot+ PCs: The Fastest and Most Intelligent Windows PCs

Copilot+ PCs are powered by powerful silicon capable of an astonishing 40+ TOPS (trillion operations per second). This unprecedented processing power enables users to perform tasks that were previously unimaginable on any other PC.

Key AI features include:

Recall: Easily find and remember what you’ve seen on your PC.

Cocreator: Generate and refine AI images in near real-time directly on the device.

Live Captions: Bridge language barriers by translating audio from 40+ languages into English.

These experiences come to life on sleek, lightweight devices from Microsoft Surface and partner OEMs (Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP, Lenovo, and Samsung). Pre-orders begin today, with availability starting on June 18. Prices start at $999.

Revolutionary System Architecture

Copilot+ PCs integrate the power of the CPU, GPU, and a new high-performance Neural Processing Unit (NPU). These components work in harmony with large language models (LLMs) running in Microsoft’s Azure Cloud, resulting in unmatched performance.

Up to 20x more powerful and up to 100x more efficient for running AI workloads compared to previous PCs.

Outperforms Apple’s MacBook Air 15% in sustained multithreaded performance while delivering all-day battery life (up to 22 hours of local video playback or 15 hours of web browsing on a single charge).

Native Arm64 Experiences

Windows now boasts the best implementation of apps on the fastest chip, starting with Qualcomm.

Copilot+ PCs offer more native Arm64 experiences than ever before, including Microsoft 365 apps like Teams, PowerPoint, Outlook, Word, Excel, OneDrive, and OneNote.

Collaboration with Chip Partners

While Qualcomm chips power the initial wave of Copilot+ PCs, Microsoft collaborates with longtime PC chip partners Intel and AMD.

This marks a significant shift in AI innovation, reimagining the entire PC ecosystem with AI at its core.

The Future of Computing

Copilot+ PCs represent a leap forward in AI-powered computing, challenging the status quo and setting new standards for excellence.

This pivot toward AI has been well-received by Wall Street, catapulting Microsoft to the position of the world’s largest company by market capitalization, surpassing Apple. Nadella’s announcement aligns with recent developments from Google and ChatGPT-maker OpenAI, both of which are also advancing their chatbots’ capabilities.

As we embrace this new era, Microsoft’s commitment to innovation remains unwavering, ensuring that users can achieve more with technology that adapts to their needs.

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