Microsoft Plans Additional Pre-Build AI Announcements

Microsoft seems to have a busy schedule this spring with several events planned over the coming months. A work-focused event featuring Copilot is scheduled this Thursday, and there are also plans for an Xbox showcase in early June. Additionally, Microsoft’s Build, a major developer conference, is anticipated from May 21 to May 23. However, Microsoft has disclosed that the three-day duration doesn’t provide ample time for all they plan to discuss.

Microsoft has sent out invites for a private event taking place on May 20, just before Build kicks off. While the specifics are yet to be revealed, Microsoft has conveyed that CEO Satya Nadella will delve deeper into the “AI vision across hardware and software”, with reporters attending the event in person getting firsthand information and hands-on demonstrations. There won’t be a livestream of the briefing.

Microsoft is reportedly preparing to unveil its first “AI PCs”, aligning with its stated “AI vision” that extends both to hardware and software. The initial event this week is speculated to feature at least the business and commercial versions of the OLED Surface Pro 10 and Surface Laptop 6.

Consumer versions of the systems might not be released until later in the spring, but they are expected to come with significant processor upgrades offering “major performance and efficiency gains,” as told by Windows Central. The machines are likely to be equipped with Intel Core Ultra or Snapdragon X Elite chips with next-gen neural processing units that should support more advanced AI features that Microsoft hopes to introduce to Windows later this year, such as on-device Copilot and a tool called AI Explorer. AI Explorer is understood to be a searchable timeline of all activity on a device.