Microsoft's AI-powered Recall Feature Can Help You Find Anything You Do on Your PC: Know How it Works

By Kanika Sachdeva - May 21, 2024
Microsoft has unveiled a new generation of Copilot Plus PCs from Surface – the Surface Laptop and the Surface Pro, both centred around AI. One of the AI-driven features includes Recall, a tool tha....

At its Surface and Windows AI event yesterday, Microsoft introduced a new lineup of Windows PCs with artificial intelligence-backed features such as Recall. They are the Copilot Plus PCs from Surface – the Surface Laptop and the Surface Pro. The former has a 'modern' design with an AI-driven camera, 'premium' audio, a haptic touchpad, and a PixelSense touchscreen display with razor-thin bezels. This laptop offers you to choose between two different screen sizes: a 13.8-inch display offering up to 20 hours of local video playback and a 15-inch display with up to 22 hours of local video playback. Colour choices include Platinum, Black, Dune, and Sapphire.

Meanwhile, the latter is the 'most flexible 2-in-1 laptop with more speed and battery life'. It has an optional OLED with HDR display, two USB 4 ports, Wi-Fi 7 (optional 5G), a quad-HD front-facing camera, and a 10-megapixel ultra-HD rear-facing camera supporting 4K video capture. At $ 349.99 (roughly Rs 29,170), the 2-in-1 Surface Pro supports a Surface Pro Flex Keyboard, which has a built-in battery and can connect to the device through Bluetooth.

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Both laptops are equipped with Snapdragon X Elite and Snapdragon X Plus processors, along with a Qualcomm Hexagon NPU (neural processing unit). The Surface Pro is claimed to be 90 per cent faster than the Surface Pro 9, whereas the Surface Laptop is said to be 86 per cent faster than the Laptop 5. Both get up to three external 4K displays. Price-wise, these laptops start at $ 999 (roughly Rs 83,270). 

Microsoft's AI-powered Recall: What is it?

While the Copilot Plus PCs offer several AI-driven features (including AI upscaling for photos), the biggest talking point is Recall, a feature that 'can access virtually what you have seen or done on your PC in a way that feels like having photographic memory'. In other words, Recall keeps track of websites visited, documents, and apps and makes them searchable. And what makes all this possible is the NPU, as mentioned before. 

Even a live video call will have its contents automatically transcribed in real-time and stored for your future use. According to Microsoft, Recall runs entirely on-device and is therefore private. You can pause, stop, or delete what Recall captures, as well as exclude sensitive apps or websites. 

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Microsoft's AI-powered Recall: How Does it Work?

So, how does Recall work? It logs everything you do (meetings, videos, group chats) and then leverages advanced AI and natural language processing to create a history of your activities. Using prompts or commands given to it, Recall will help you navigate through data and find the thing you are looking for. The feature uses 40 AI language models to process the data and enhance your search experience. The minimum hard drive storage of 256GB, along with 50GB free space, is required to access Recall. 

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