Windows AI, Surface & Additional Features

Microsoft will be hosting a digital event on March 21, titled “Advancing the new era of work with Copilot.” Expectations are high for announcements on new Surface devices, which might be the first auspiciously tagged as AI PCs. This March event will be the second Windows hardware event and the first master Surface Pro launch, without Panos Panay who joined Amazon last year.

The event promises to unfold the recent developments in integrating Copilot, Windows, and Surface into scalable AI environments. Reports are divided over what will be presented at the end of March. Windows Central predicts the debut of the OLED Surface Pro 10 and Surface Laptop 6, claiming the enhanced processors would provide significant performance efficiency over their predecessors. Conversely, The Verge indicates that the event might only showcase business and commercial versions of the devices, which allegedly feature slight upgrades compared to consumer versions, which are rumored to have more significant changes and are expected to be unveiled later in the Spring.

The new devices are rumored to be powered by Intel Core Ultra or Snapdragon X Elite, which feature next-gen neural processing units (NPUs) for superior AI capabilities. The Intel variants are believed to launch in April, while Arm-based Snapdragon could roll out in June. The consumer models of the Surface Pro 10 are rumored to replace the LCD with an anti-reflective OLED screen, which is brighter and supports HDR content. Surface Laptop 6 might sport thinner display bezels and an upgraded port selection with USB-C and USB-A sockets.

The commercial and business models might showcase an integrated Common Access Card reader and options with up to 64GB of RAM. Included in the rumored AI features are real-time captioning and translation, upscaling and frame-rate smoothing for games, heightened Windows Studio Effects, and a characteristic named AI Explorer.

The AI Explorer might offer a built-in timeline that uses natural language to be searchable, much like the Rewind AI app for macOS. It may log every activity and vision on the device for future consultation with Copilot. It could also use AI to help launch workflows, suggest tasks, or interpret context based on the screen’s current content.

Lastly, the AI attributes slated to arrive this year for Windows 11 in the 24H2 update are speculated to debut in the fall. However, it’s unclear if these features will be discussed at the March event. Be sure to catch the full coverage of Microsoft’s announcements noon ET, March 21.