Microsoft Surface Event: Everything you need to know

Microsoft concluded its special event ahead of Build 2024 on Monday, unveiling a slew of exciting updates. In addition to refreshing its Surface lineup, the company made significant AI-related announcements and introduced a new era of PCs in collaboration with Lenovo, Asus, Dell, and others.

Since the event wasn’t livestreamed, you can catch up on all the key highlights and revelations in our comprehensive roundup below.

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Copilot Plus PCs

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has announced a revolutionary shift in personal computing with the introduction of Copilot Plus PCs. These machines usher in a new wave of AI integration, designed to transform the way we interact with our computers.

Copilot Plus PCs boast powerful processors – the Snapdragon X Elite and Plus from Qualcomm, with future compatibility for Intel and AMD options. These processors are equipped with dedicated Neural Processing Units (NPUs) that act as the engine for groundbreaking AI features within Windows 11.

Microsoft boasts that Copilot Plus PCs outperform the M3 MacBook Air by a significant 58%. Beyond Microsoft’s own Surface lineup, leading tech giants like Lenovo, Dell, Acer, Asus, and HP are all jumping on board, launching their own Copilot Plus devices to support these exciting new AI capabilities.

Recall – Relive your digital past

Copilot Plus PCs introduce a groundbreaking AI feature called Recall. Imagine a built-in assistant that remembers everything you’ve done on your computer.

Recall functions entirely on your device, keeping your data secure. It acts like a personal time machine, allowing you to search and retrieve past interactions. Need to find a specific conversation from a month ago on Discord? Recall can surface it with ease.

But Recall goes beyond just conversations. Struggling to locate that specific PowerPoint slide you meticulously crafted weeks prior? Recall can pinpoint it within seconds, saving you valuable time and frustration.

More Copilot integrations in Windows 11

Microsoft is expanding Copilot to more areas of Windows 11. The AI assistant will now offer suggestions within the Settings menu, assist with file editing in File Explorer, and even compose responses to your notifications.

Additionally, Copilot is being upgraded with OpenAI’s latest GPT-4o model, enabling it to answer questions based on the content displayed on your screen.

New Surface Pro updates

Microsoft’s latest Surface Pro, dropping the model number, replaces the previous Intel Core Ultra processor with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X Elite and Plus chips. This upgrade makes it up to 90 percent faster than its predecessor, and for the first time, it offers an optional OLED display panel.

The 13-inch Surface Pro starts at $999.99 and comes in four colours: blue, beige, black, and platinum. It’s compatible with the new Surface Pro Flex Keyboard, which functions both attached and detached from the device.

Adobe, Davinci Resolve, and Capcut coming to Copilot Plus PCs

The power of Copilot Plus PCs goes beyond the hardware. Microsoft is collaborating with leading software companies to unlock the full potential of these AI-powered machines.

Great news for creative professionals! Native Arm64 versions of Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, Firefly, and Express are available today on Copilot Plus PCs, ensuring a smooth and optimized experience.  Looking to dive into Illustrator or Premiere Pro? Don’t worry, these will be available this summer.

The benefits extend beyond Adobe. Copilot Plus PCs are designed to work seamlessly with AI features within popular applications like DaVinci Resolve (video editing), CapCut (short-form video), Cephable (business intelligence), LiquidText (productivity), and Djay Pro (DJ software).