Qualcomm and Microsoft to infuse Windows 11 with advanced AI capabilities

Priya Walia

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At the Snapdragon Summit 2023 event, tech giants Qualcomm and Microsoft revealed their plans to integrate cutting-edge artificial intelligence (AI) enhancements into the widely used Windows operating system. With an emphasis on leveraging both local computing and cloud-based capabilities, this collaboration is set to transform the way users interact with their devices.

During the event, Satya Nadella, Executive Chairman and CEO of Microsoft, expressed his enthusiasm for the upcoming innovations. “The innovation that is coming is on the device when you have a mighty app to use. How do you compose an application that is built using both local computing and the cloud together to power? That is sort of what we are enabling with our Windows AI ecosystem in partnership with you (Qualcomm),” Nadella remarked.

Nadella also highlighted the role of hybrid AI models in shaping the future of AI applications, pointing to the success of the renowned generative AI chatbot ChatGPT. Developed by Microsoft-backed OpenAI, ChatGPT has been a breakthrough in the field of AI, exemplifying the potential of such collaborations.

The collaboration between the two tech giants will be driven by the fusion of the central processing unit (CPU) and the neural processing unit (NPU), forming what Nadella described as a “new system architecture.” This amalgamation is expected to power an array of AI-driven experiences for consumers on laptops and PCs, with the highly anticipated Copilot being a flagship offering.

Described as an “everyday AI companion,” Copilot aims to provide users with personalized assistance while prioritizing privacy and security. With the launch of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X Elite platform featuring a custom-integrated Qualcomm Oryon mobile computing CPU, the companies have signaled their commitment to delivering enhanced performance while optimizing power consumption.

Anticipated to be available from mid-2024, PCs equipped with the Snapdragon X Elite chipset are expected to revolutionize the computing landscape, catering to the growing demand for seamless AI-powered experiences. Also, don’t forget to read our article detailing tips on maximizing your experience with Microsoft Copilot.