Microsoft's Upcoming Event: Unveiling AI-Powered Innovations

On May 20 in Seattle, Microsoft will host a special event that will reveal major innovations and advances in AI technology for Windows and Surface devices

by Sededin Dedovic
Microsoft's Upcoming Event: Unveiling AI-Powered Innovations
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Microsoft will host a special event on May 20th in the American city of Seattle. As always, the company remains mysterious about what novelties we will see during the event. Fortunately, we already have a pretty good idea of what Microsoft intends to discuss, and it will almost certainly include a Windows version of the operating system with AI optimization, as well as a new series of Surface Windows PC laptops and AI services that will integrate them into a unified system, reported WindowsCentral.

Microsoft is expected to unveil its next major updates for the Windows 11 OS, which will be released later this year under the label Windows 11 24H2. The first to receive it will be the new generation of computers using the Qualcomm Snapdragon X processor, which will officially launch in June, with broader availability in the rest of the world expected only in the fall.

The focus of this year's Windows 11 update is on next-generation AI-driven services. It is expected that dedicated hardware in the form of a neural processing unit (NPU) with 40-45 TOPS of power will be required to execute some advanced AI functions.

The upcoming Qualcomm processor meets these criteria, and it is expected that next-generation chips from Intel and AMD arriving in 2025 will also support these advanced AI functions.

Microsoft AI Explorer

The likely star of the entire event will be AI Explorer, which will house numerous advanced next-generation AI functions coming to Windows 11 later this year.

AI Explorer will offer a set of functions utilizing next-generation NPU hardware to enable the Windows system to run AI functions in the background, analyzing everything you do and storing it as a timeline of your activities.

Reportedly, this feature includes a timeline history that will allow you to navigate backward through everything you've done on your computer, which AI has recorded, to recall things you've done and need now at any given moment, simply by entering search criteria.

Microsoft Copilot© AI Revolution / Youtube channel

For example, if you were chatting with a friend named Sara on WhatsApp and mentioned a list of movies she wanted to watch, typing "show me the list of movies Sara wanted to see" will display the exact moment when the conversation happened.

AI Explorer can also analyze what is currently on the screen and provide contextual suggestions based on what it can see. An example of this is viewing two apps or web pages side by side and asking AI Explorer to compare the two.

Advanced Windows Studio Effects

Microsoft also plans to introduce a range of enhanced Windows Studio effects, especially with new video effects that will apply filters in real-time in several different styles. They are expected to be built into Windows itself and applicable in any application that uses built-in webcam and Studio Effects filters.

Microsoft Live Captions

Microsoft is working on a new AI-based feature that will enable real-time translation of different languages based on the sound playing on the system.

Local Generative AI

Microsoft is expected to talk about enabling generative AI on the device itself without an active internet connection.

Many AI experiences on the Windows 11 system have so far been internet-based, enabling computers without NPU units to use LLM technology. Starting later this year, Copilot will gain some local, generative AI capabilities, reducing their dependence on internet connectivity on computers with dedicated NPU hardware.

The second half of this event is expected to be dedicated to Microsoft Surface computers and the new generation of "Windows on Arm" platform. Specifically, Microsoft will introduce users to variants of the Surface Pro 10 and Surface Laptop 6, both powered by the new Qualcomm Snapdragon X series processors.

The Qualcomm chip reportedly delivers better performance than the last generation of Intel Core Ultra processors in terms of performance and energy efficiency, even competing with the latest MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models.

This is the first competitive "Windows on Arm" processor, and hardware manufacturers are finally confident enough to position "Windows on Arm" devices as part of their mainstream offerings. This is exactly what we'll see with the arrival of the Surface Pro 10 and Surface Laptop 6 models to be unveiled at this event.

Microsoft intends to be the first to offer laptop computers with Arm chips as part of the Surface device lineup. It is also expected that other computer manufacturers such as Dell, HP, and Lenovo will announce their own models of laptops with Qualcomm CPU solutions, roughly around the same time.

The first laptop devices from the Snapdragon X series will be delivered to customers starting in June, and Microsoft Surface Pro and Surface Laptop 6 computers are expected to be the first of their kind. The Surface Laptop line needs a new and fresher design, and it sounds like that's what we might be getting with the Surface Laptop 6 version.

The new Surface Laptop with Arm technology will be available in both current screen sizes of 13.8 and 15 inches, and both will use thinner bezels with rounded screen corners.