Microsoft Introduces Copilot Plus PCs with AI Hardware

| Updated on May 22, 2024

Ever since the AI race started by OpenAI, Microsoft has been leaning heavily towards AI. The company has decided to put AI into everything and leverage the new technology to its advantage. 

To realize this, Microsoft is making a major push to bring AI laptops. On Monday, the company introduced a new branding called “Copilot Plus PCs” that’ll highlight the laptops that come with built-in AI hardware and support for AI features across the OS. 

Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella, announced in an event that all of the major laptop partners of the company will offer Copilot Plus PCs. The list of the companies includes Dell, HP, ASUS, Acer, Lenovo, and Samsung. The company is also introducing two of its own surface lineup laptops with Copilot Plus branding. 

At the event, Microsoft also made a big push to bring Arm Chips to Windows laptops today. The company CEO also said that, apart from Arm, Intel and AMD chips will also offer these AI features. 

To power these AI features, the laptops will include a neural processor. This specially designed NPU will power a key feature called “Recall,” which is supposed to use AI to create a searchable “photographic memory” of everything you’ve done or seen on the PC or laptop. Overall, the Copilot Plus branded PCs will run more than 40 AI models as part of Windows 11 to power these new features. The company also announced that the Copilot AI assistant will also gain support for GPT-4o from OpenAI. 

One of Microsoft’s executives, Yusuf Mehdi, said that the new laptops will be “58 percent faster” than a MacBook Air with an M3 processor and have battery life that lasts “all day.” The company expects more than 50 million laptops to be sold over the next year or so with Copilot Plus branding. The first wave of Copilot Plus branded laptops will launch on 18th June with Qualcomm processors. Similar models with AMD and Intel processors will launch later.

Manisha Singh

Journalist / Writer