Microsoft took center stage at yesterday’s Surface Event in New York City, unveiling a slew of new products and features, which quickly made their way onto the internet. While the event was not broadcast live, we’ve compiled a list of the key announcements to keep you in the loop.
Meet Copilot: Your AI Companion
In a world where the metaverse and cryptocurrencies once dominated conversations, AI has now taken the spotlight as the hottest trend. Companies like Google, Microsoft, and Grammarly have all embraced this evolving technology.
Microsoft, during the event, introduced Copilot, a brand-new AI-driven personal assistant. This innovation comes in the wake of the discontinuation of Cortana for Windows 11.
Copilot harnesses the power of AI to provide context-aware assistance, incorporating web intelligence, your work data, and your current PC activities while maintaining privacy and security.
Available on Windows 11, Microsoft 365, and the Edge browser, Copilot functions both as an app and a pop-up, easily accessible with a right-click when needed.
Windows 11 users can expect to receive Copilot as part of the 22H2 update on September 26, while Bing, Edge, and Microsoft 365 users will see it this fall.
Microsoft 365 subscribers can utilize Copilot for various tasks like document summarization, instant email generation, and document rewriting, with a monthly subscription cost of $30.
New Microsoft Surface Laptops
Microsoft’s Surface Laptops have gained recognition for their high-quality build, vibrant screens, and excellent keyboards and trackpads. However, they sometimes lacked the performance demanded by power users.
The Surface Laptop Studio 2 takes the stage as the “most powerful” addition to the Surface laptop lineup. It boasts Intel’s 13th Gen i7 H Class processor, an Nvidia 4050 or 4060 GPU, and a staggering 64GB of RAM.
Its standout feature is an adaptive touchpad. Preorders are open, with prices starting at $1,999 and shipping expected from October 3.
Additionally, the Surface Laptop Go 3 offers a lightweight alternative, with an 88% performance boost, a 12.4″ touchscreen, and a fingerprint-enabled power button. It promises 15 hours of battery life and includes USB-A, USB-C, and headphone jack ports. Preorders are open, with availability set for October 3, at a starting price of $799.
The Surface 4 received an upgrade with a 4-core Intel N200 chip, replacing the 2-core Intel Pentium. It will be available exclusively to businesses for $579, with shipping beginning on October 3.
Bing Chat Upgrade with DALL-E and Personalized Answers
Microsoft announced significant enhancements for its AI-powered chatbot, Bing Chat. Users will soon benefit from Open AI’s image-to-text generator, DALL-E 3, at no extra cost.
Bing Chat also introduces Personalized Answers, which tailors responses based on chat history, providing more context-aware interactions.
Windows 11’s New Features
In addition to Copilot integration, Windows 11’s Paint feature now incorporates AI capabilities to enhance digital drawing and creation.
The Photos app integrates AI for effortless photo editing, while the Snipping Tool allows users to extract specific text content from images for use in other applications.
Sound capture through audio and microphone support simplifies video creation within the Windows 11 ecosystem.
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