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Microsoft debuts Copilot+ PCs with AI features: ‘Compelling reason to upgrade’

Microsoft on Monday debuted a new category of personal computers with AI capabilities as it seeks to incorporate emerging technologies into products across its business and compete with Alphabet Inc. and Apple Inc.

At an event on the campus in Redmond, Washington, CEO Satya Nadella introduced a PC that Microsoft calls Copilot+, which the company and various manufacturers including Acer and Astec Computers are selling. He said he would sell it.

Microsoft is selling the laptops as its stock hovers near all-time highs following a Wall Street rally driven by expectations that AI will drive strong profit growth for the company and its Big Tech rivals. Released.

CEO Satya Nadella introduced what Microsoft is calling the “Copilot+” PC, which he said the company and various manufacturers including Acer and Asustek Computer will sell. AFP (via Getty Images)

The new computers, which can handle more artificial intelligence tasks without relying on cloud data centers, start at $1,000 and begin shipping on June 18.

Microsoft introduced a feature called “Recall” that allows users to find files and other data they’ve viewed on their PC, even in the tabs they open in a web browser. The company also demonstrated its Copilot voice assistant, which acts as a real-time virtual coach to users playing the video game “Minecraft.”

Yusuf Mehdi, Microsoft’s head of consumer marketing, said the company expects to buy 50 million AI PCs over the next year. He said at a press event that a faster AI assistant running directly on your PC will be “the most compelling reason to upgrade your PC in many years.”

Global PC shipments fell about 15% last year to 242 million units, according to research firm Gartner, as Microsoft expects new categories of computers to account for about one-fifth of PCs sold. It suggests that

“People just need to be convinced that the experience of the device alone justifies this whole new category of Copilot+ machines,” said Creative Strategies analyst Ben Bajarin.

Microsoft’s new computer marketing category, “Copilot+,” which emphasizes AI capabilities, is reminiscent of the “Ultrabook” category of thin Windows laptops that Intel promoted with PC makers in 2011 to compete with Apple’s MacBook Air.

The new computers, which can handle more artificial intelligence tasks without relying on cloud data centers, start at $1,000 and will begin shipping on June 18. AFP (via Getty Images)

Microsoft executives also said that ChatGPT maker OpenAI’s latest technology, GPT-4o, will be available “soon” as part of Microsoft Copilot.

Microsoft also announced its new generation of Surface Pro tablets and Surface Laptops powered by Qualcomm chips based on Arm Holdings’ architecture. The company also introduced a technology called Prism that allows software written for Intel and AMD chips to run on chips made with Arm technology.

Microsoft showed how its new device works against Apple devices and showed that Adobe’s photo editing software runs faster on Microsoft devices. Apple earlier this month showed off a new AI-focused chip that analysts expect to be used in future laptops.

Microsoft executives also said that ChatGPT maker OpenAI’s latest technology, GPT-4o, will be available “soon” as part of Microsoft Copilot. AFP (via Getty Images)

After Intel’s processors dominated the PC market for decades, Qualcomm and other low-power Arm component makers have been trying to compete in the Windows-PC market.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon X Elite chip includes a so-called neural processing unit designed to speed up AI-centric applications, such as Microsoft’s Copilot software.

Microsoft held a product event the day before the start of its annual developer conference.

Microsoft is aiming to extend its early advantage in the race to develop AI tools that consumers are willing to pay for. As other Big Tech companies compete for dominance in emerging fields, the company’s partnership with OpenAI has helped it jump ahead of Alphabet.

Last week, OpenAI and Alphabet’s Google unveiled dueling AI technology that can respond and be interrupted by voice in real time, both features of realistic voice conversations that AI voice assistants have found challenging. . Google also announced that it will be introducing some generative AI features to its lucrative search engine.

Google announced last week that it would be introducing several generative AI features to its lucrative search engine. Above is Google CEO Sundar Pichai. AP

The PC industry has been under increasing pressure from Apple since it launched custom chips based on Arm designs and retired Intel processors. Apple-designed processors gave Mac computers better battery life and faster performance than competing chips that consumed more energy.

Microsoft appointed Qualcomm in 2016 to lead efforts to migrate its Windows operating system to Arm chip designs. Qualcomm has exclusive rights to Microsoft Windows devices, which expire this year. Other chip designers, such as Nvidia, are also working on producing their own Arm-based PC chips, Reuters previously reported.

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