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Microsoft Revamps Windows 11 for AI and Arm Era

TLDR: Microsoft optimizes Windows 11 for AI and Arm, unveils new devices, improves OS components, and introduces AI-powered features like Recall and Live Captions.

Microsoft is not the only tech giant remodelling its business around AI. The company has rebuilt Windows 11 to better support its AI (Copilot) and Arm-based hardware.

Two New Arm-Based Devices Unveiled

During a live event, Microsoft showed two new Arm-based computing devices. The company also revealed that it has adjusted the core components of Windows 11 to improve how it interacts with the Arm architecture.

Microsoft has had a shaky history with Arm since the launch of Surface with Windows RT in 2012. Hopefully, things will get better now.

OS Improvements for Arm and AI

The changes made to Windows 11 include:

  1. New kernel, compiler, and emulator (Prism) for running x86 and x64 apps
  2. Adjusted schedulers to take advantage of Arm’s capabilities and AI workloads
  3. New compute model recognizing neural processing units (NPUs) like CPUs and GPUs
  4. Added AI APIs into the OS

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X Elite Powers New Devices

The newly announced notebook and 2-in-1 will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X Elite, featuring NPUs capable of running 45 trillion operations per second (TOPS).

Microsoft says this technology will be used for features like Recall, allowing users to find what they’ve seen on their PC using the clues they remember. Another feature introduced is Live Captions, which translates audio from your PC and provides live captions in English.

Exciting times ahead!


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